(this post best read while listening to "t-shirts" by Derek Webb)
Jeremy Says: Saw a lot of this at Bele Chere this past weekend. It makes me sad and upset.
Adam Says: Everyone is so angry. The “preacher” sounds angry and the crowd acts angry; it is really just an angry place. Disturbing.
Jeremy Says: So how do we respond?
Option 1: do nothing, because it’s not worth spending time on
Option 2: post it to the blog, and enlighten people that this type of behavior is not Christ like
Option 3: Confront such evangelists and stop them from hurting the kingdom
Option 4: Join them in their efforts to “spread the Gospel”
Option 5: Get angry and break something
Adam Says: I like options 2,3 and 5
Jeremy Says: Option three is hard.
Hard, because there’s probably not much you can say to convince them they are wrong, even if you present the right information with the perfect delivery. So then you walk away more frustrated.
Adam Says: Yeah, but what if you just walked around behind that guy handing out bottles of water wearing a shirt that said “I am sorry about that man, but Jesus does love you and let me show you how.”
Jeremy Says: Hmm…you’re ideas are good. do you think non believers would look at that and just blame us for not being “unified” as a body?
Adam Says: Perhaps. However, its that or nothing… do you want his message to stand as a representation for the faith you claim?