I went into town today for a couple of hours, I had a few things that needed done so i was in a bit of a rush. In the small amount of time that i was in town, i got handed several “christian tracts” and was subjected to the sound of a rather dull “street preacher” who was standing outside Belfast City Hall, accompanied by his set of megaphones.
I know it has been said before that there has to be a better way of communicating what it is that they are trying to say, but it annoyed me more today than it ever had previously. Has anyone ever got to know God by reading a verse on a piece of paper? Further down the road people were handing out leaflets for a new burrito bar. They were both doing the exact same thing, doesn’t it seem strange that some people are trying to tell others about God in the same way that the promo staff were trying to get some burritos sold. Advertising God using flyers doesn’t seem like the best idea.
I believe that the christian message is a highly interesting one and it deserves to be told in a way that does it justice. It is frustrating to see people trying their best to fight the stereotypes that the church has been given and let people know that God and dullness don’t go together, while there is someone in the street taking away from all the hard work they are putting in, by condemning the street to hell. Most people don’t have an experience with God but they do have one with christians, sometimes we don’t do the best job of representing him, and in some cases it would be better to just get out of the way.