I picked up a tract in a North Carolina men’s room. It said, “If you have ever sinned, then God sees you as a liar, a blasphemer a drunkard…You owe him your soul because you have not lived correctly. The payment is Hell and payday is not far away…you must truly repent or spend eternity in Hell.”
I’m guessing someone thought they were helping spread the ‘Good News.’
Where do I begin? “IF you have sinned?” Who hasn’t?
“THEN God sees you…?” Doesn’t he always see me?
“THEREFORE you owe him your soul?” Doesn’t He always keep my soul?
And what doe ‘truly’ repenting look like?
Then there’s the whole unbiblical, eternal conscious torment thing.
Well, beyond all the discomforting particulars, it occurred to me that communication is more than (bad) information…it’s also spirit. Where was the love? Where was grace? Where was Jesus?
Actually, I COULDN’T imagine Jesus handing such a thing to the woman at the well, so I stuffed it in my pocket, read it a few times in disbelief, then crumpled it up and tossed it away.
Of course, I’m not so sure that my spirit in the crumpling was all that it should have been, either.