Occasionally, I'll come across someone who is unraveling the few positive opinions there are left of Christians.
There is a young man who I typically call "The Screaming Bible Guy." I've seen him on campus two or three times in the last few days. He'll find a busy corner or a group of people gathered together, stand right in the middle or a few feet off to the side... and start screaming.
"REPENT! REPENT! TURN FROM YOUR WICKEDNESS OR FACE THE FIRE OF ETERNITY! DO YOU BELIEVE IN HELL? DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD'S WRATH? REPENT BEFORE YOU FIND YOURSELF BURNING FOREVER IN THE PIT OF ETERNAL FLAME... YOU ARE WICKED! THE STUDENTS AT A&M ARE WICKED!..." and etc. and etc. and etc.
This guy is a Texas A&M student. He's young, curly-haired, small-built, and he wears a pair of black glasses. He doesn't pace when he yells, but instead sways passionately and waves his Bible in the air. When he screams at everyone, his voice is so loud and carries so far that he almost seems violent. It's a bit frightening, to be honest.
Once I saw The Screaming Bible Guy standing in the middle of a common area, screaming at everyone around him. People were moving about a hundred feet away at the very closest in order to pass him to go to classes. This guy looks vicious when he yells.
The other night, I saw a freshman leadership group having a meeting outside. This meeting happened to contain a stereo and a bit of dancing (there may have been some inappropriate dancing... I'm not sure. I'm not a part of this group and I didn't stay to watch). Probably a mere three or four yards away stood The Screaming Bible Guy, doing his best to yell at them over the music. Everyone ignored him, but I couldn't help but feel very embarrassed because of what the guy was doing.
Does he actually think he's affecting these students other than causing fear, irritation, and anger against the Christian faith in general?
I admire this guy's passion and zeal, but all he's doing is hurting his witness. No one will listen to him. The harshness of his words will only shove people away and cause them to never look back.
The first time I saw The Screaming Bible Guy, I felt a great sorrow. During my literature class, I scrawled out a quick poem.
Your loud words echo in their ears,
But don't you see? They do not hear.
Harshness doesn't bring true faith.
You speak of fire and not of grace.
I see your heart. I see your zeal.
This truth I know you greatly feel.
However loud your words may be,
They'll pull away. They will not see.
His love matters, not the other,
So THAT'S what you should preach, my brother.
I don't know if he will change his screaming ways after I give him the poem. But I feel like I need to share with him the truth of what he is doing. He will win no hearts for the Lord with his anger and loud words.
I haven't seen him on campus for a couple of days now, but when I do, he'll get a poem (and I'll be sure to let you know what happens).
That is good. I remember my college days and we had a guy similar to the one you've mentioned here. We called him "Preacher Dan"..not sure if Dan was his name or not but anyway, he had a similar method.ReplyDelete
He would yell at the students walking by and yell things at them and call people "Femi-Nazis" and saying "If you like this or that then you are a HOMOSEXUAL!"
And to make matters worse..he wasn't the only one. I once saw a young lady with a shirt on with the letters G-A-Y in an acronym: Got AIDS Yet!?
Just sad really.
Then on another occasion I met a young lady who had a shirt on that said "Ask me about Dave." I decided to ask her and she proceeded to tell me that Dave was a Christian and how I should become one too.
Well I told her that I was already a Christian and she had the audacity to say, "Then why am I wasting my breath on you?" and walked away.
My friend wrote a song called "Warm Is My Game" and it talks about how God is Holy and Just and does condemn sin but the chorus goes:
Warm is my game and its so right
Warm is my game and the way to life
Don't be afraid, put your toes in the water
Cuz Warm is my game
God is Warm and yes He does punish sin but we shouldn't just focus on that.
I grew up in a church that was like your Screaming Preacher Guy in that they focused on all the rules and what would happen if you didn't follow all the rules but I learned in my Christian journey that God is more than just a bunch of rules. He gives us boundaries but within those boundaries there is freedom!!!
Continue to do the work of the ministry God has entrusted to you. Don't give up and may God bless you as you serve Him!
I like what you're doing. Interested to see what happens.ReplyDelete