Little known to me this week, I stepped into what is apparently a tradition on our campus. Let me set the scene. Outside of Worner, just as you cross the sidewalk, stands a group of rather intense individuals. Their purpose was of course in order to “proclaim the word of God.”
I regret to tell you guys that I’m uninformed as to what the actual name of the organization was, because I tore up the business card they gave me. What I can say on behalf of the group though, is that I am sorry. First of all, I would like to apologize for making an amateur mistake. This group had no intention of ever trying to do anything besides provoke people. They came not to teach, but to put on a performance. And, as far as I can tell, their goal was to anger our campus. Of course they can only put on a show when someone like me makes the mistake of giving them the stage.
There is another apology I shouldn’t have to make, but I’ll do it anyways. I am a Christian and not ashamed to say so. I was, however, made ashamed. Thus, we come to my second apology. I want to apologize on behalf of all the Christians out there that feel the need to be nothing other than straight-up assholes. Generally speaking, one person shouldn’t feel the need to apologize on the behalf of millions of people but, honestly, it’s not like the whole world will be shaken by this anyways. I suppose writing this is more for me and anyone that cares to listen. Not all Christians out there are like those people we saw in front of Worner. Chances are, most of you probably haven’t had the most stellar experiences with some Christians, and that’s because as a rule up until now, Christians are mean.
What I hope you saw if you passed by was that there is a new generation of Christians out there. There was a group of us sitting in front of those people, and we are the people you should start paying attention too. You know about them because they scream on street corners while we’ve always just been sitting quietly in a church shaking our heads. What you saw in front of Worner was a new generation of Christians apologizing for the generations of Christians that have come before us and those that will come after us. The ones that have pushed kids to suicide and the ones that have kicked the homeless out of church doors. Hopefully, from now on, you can see some of us Christians that aren’t quite ready to stand on street corners, but would be more than willing to just open the door, open a soup kitchen, or some other equally kind gesture. Seriously guys, I apologized three times. Once for antagonizing a group of idiots again for all the straight up jerks using God’s name to justify their meanness, for being quiet; and for letting people with picket signs be the Christians we see. I guess, to use biblical terms, I repent; hopefully you’ll hand out a little more forgiveness than we’ve historically given anyone else.