Saturday, June 09, 2007

Jesus might love you, but this guy...?

Well, here's another one of those compassionate Christians on our highways who evidently doesn't give a single shit about you unless you believe exactly as (s)he does. The message here continues to infuriate me with its blithe, arrogant inhumanity. It mean, if you don't believe, then you can pass it off as a joke. But the thing is, this person really believes this.

Why do we have to share oxygen with these people? Couldn't we just line them all up and give them what they want — a speedy one-way ticket to Glory — and spare God the trouble of the Rapture and the rest of us the horror of all their vans, SUVs, and Hummers careening unguided all over our highways? After all, is that fate any worse than the one this asshole is promising you right here?

I'm being facetious, of course... but it does feel cathartic to say it.

I'm gonna pose the question though. If you're an evangelical Christian, and you believe this is literally true, then don't you owe it to the rest of us — yes, yes, yes, I know the rest of us are all damned, no matter how kind we've been, if we don't believe in the Proscribed Manner, but we're still human beings, after all — not to drive cars, or pilot planes, or operate construction equipment, or do anything at all that would fill the remaining moments of the rest of us with gratuitous horror and pain when you're summarily called "home" in the middle of executing these heavy responsibilities? God (as you conceive of Him) might be that big a jerk, but do you have to be? I think if you really do love other human beings as Jesus command you, then you owe it to the rest of us to walk, take the bus, and push broom for a living.

Don't you?

If you don't, then you really don't care about your fellow man, and you haven't been a true disciple of Christ, and therefore you ain't goin' nowhere when the Rapture comes... QED. Prove you love Jesus. Sell your car.

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