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.