6.27.2009

Evangelism

As a preface, I had a brief stint working as a telemarketer of sorts. It was actually conducting research for the NIH, but it was the whole idea of cold calling people who don't want to talk to you. It hurts your self-esteem. I don't like hanging up on them. I try to humor them and get them to be real people.

Yesterday, I got a call from a lady who wanted to tell me about Jesus. She was not sharing Jesus - she was telling. She gave me a list of things I needed to do in order to be saved the 4 months when the devil rules the world. I needed to go to church 3 times a week, read the Bible at least twice a day, say a certain prayer aloud with witnesses (no private confessing) and pray to God at the same time every day.

Our conversation went like this:
Me: At the exact same time every day?
God Selling Lady(GSL): Oh yes. He needs to be prepared for you.
Me: (Totally ignoring the fact that I'm pretty sure God can multitask and will listen whenever) Does God follow daylight savings time?
GSL: Why yes.
Me: What about places that don't change their clocks? Like Arizona?

She then hung up on me.

It just makes me sad. Personally, this is not my view of God or how evangelism should be approached. While I might be messing with her and she thinks I'm a complete pagan, I can't imagine winning over many people with this sort of attitude.