We’ve probably all experienced door-to-door evangelism, from one side of the door or the other. I’ve been on both sides, though most of the time on the inside. There was a time when I looked forward to these random encounters as great evangelistic opportunities. I’ve had many theological discussions with members of various religious cults, mostly JWs and Mormons.
I actually went through a number of Mormon missionaries over a period of months as I continued to invite them back. I’d eventually present them with a question they couldn’t spout off a rehearsed answer to, and they’d promise to go talk to their superiors and come back. Unfortunately, they never did; instead the church would send new, more experienced evangelists, who would go through the same cycle. Eventually I realized as that with many things, in cult evangelism there is a law of diminishing returns. I learned a lot in the process, however.
It’s been years since I invited any of them in. (I should mention that I don’t let vacuum or insurance salesmen in either. ) Occasionally I’ll let them know they are in error at the door, give them a smile and send them off. Having a family makes ad hoc living room evangelism kind of difficult. Plus, I just don’t have the energy, and I have other excuses, too.
Today I read an absolutely hilarious post (which, by the way, inspired this one of mine) by Paul Vieira, “telling religious people to go away.” This is a must read, for all of us who don’t want to be evangelized, as well for those who still have some inkling to go out banging on strange doors. Enjoy.
I apparently offended Tom. Actually, I know that the LDS missionaries are periodically reassigned, as the missionaries told me. They also told me when their leaders would send someone better able to answer my questions.
half-wit. some of those missionaries didn’t come back because they get moved around every six weeks. but i’m sure you knew that because you have all the answers.
Actually this door to door univited assault is nothing more than pre-internet spam.
Door to door religious spam. I guess the wife’s approach in saying “GO AWAY” was the human version of a pop up blocker.
Good read, thanks
I still prefer Jim Hendrix’s “Watchtower”
They don’t come to or door anymore either. The last time they did come I almost had one of the youger guys wanting to “get saved” until the older grey haired guy took him by the arm and said, “it’s time for us to go”.