by Kenneth Justice
~ I live in what would best be described as an urban hipster community; lots of coffee shops, lots of record stores, and a hell of a lot of dudes sporting huge beards and flannel shirts while strumming guitars.
Because of the somewhat metropolitan atmosphere, the coffee shops I frequent get a lot of bible thumper preachers who come in hoping to convert the masses. Generally the bible thumpers leave me alone, but lately they’ve been welcoming themselves to the open seats at my table and telling me what I’m supposed to believe,
“The holy spirit has anointed me Kenneth, I’m supposed to tell you that you need to listen to my words” said a little dude yesterday,
“Kenneth, you speak lies, and I don’t listen to people who speak lies” said a tall dude with a porn star mustache
I try to ignore the bible thumpers because they simply aren’t interested in having any type of positive dialogue. Most of them don’t even attend church; I suppose this is because they are too nutty to sit still and be taught by someone else other than the whims of their fancy.
A couple weeks ago I got REALLY annoyed. I was on a phone call with a client, and the bible thumper with the porn star mustache kept preaching at me, I could barely hear my client over the “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, blah, blah, blah” that kept spewing from below his wispy mustache.
“Can’t you see I’m trying to ignore you? Didn’t your mother ever teach you good manners” I asked
This pissed Bible Thumper Porn Star Mustache off, and he spewed some more venom that I couldn’t follow, but eventually he got up and left, and I was able to finish the conversation with my client in peace.
One of my good friends likes the bible thumpers. He tells me that “When I was younger Kenneth, I used to be just like these guys, so who knows, maybe they will mature and not be so crazy”.
To be fair, there is always the hope that people will mature. Unfortunately, clinging to hope that people will mature doesn’t help much in the here-and-now when people are acting stupid and slinging bible verses around like Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
The reality of the situation is that positive community and positive dialogue ends when crazy fundamentalists walk into the room. Does anyone think that the leaders of ISIS are willing to sit down and have a calm rational conversation about whether or not they are guilty of immorality?
Obviously, I’m thankful that the typical Christian fundamentalist isn’t as extreme as the ISIS fundamentalists in the Middle East, although I have had Christian fundamentalists a) threaten to beat me up b) hold up knives against me 3) threaten to kill me 4) and I’ve had a ton of em tell me I’m going to hell
My Uncle Bob loved to say, “Pick your friends wisely Kenneth, cuz you sure as hell can’t pick your relatives”. That’s the great thing about the Internet, many of the people I’ve met via the Internet, I have met in real life. We’ve sat at coffee together, I’ve even stayed at many of your houses……The Internet has truly been a blessing to my life because it has connected me with hundreds and thousands of people around the globe.
At the core of so many of the friendships I’ve made via the Internet is love and respect. Even when I disagree with my friends; we don’t hold it against each other and we don’t get offended. We know that it’s okay to disagree and we don’t have to thump each other on the head with spiritual books to win arguments.
Our foray into live streaming Internet TV Monday thru Thursday has been my opportunity to demonstrate the powerful way the Internet has connected us beyond mere emotions and icons in our screens. At 6pm central the many people I have met via the Internet, many of them who I am proud to call “friends”, are able to leap onto your computer screen LIVE and in HD. It’s pretty amazing what the Internet has enabled us to do here in 2015.
This is only the beginning of the advancements in this New Media; the future is exciting.
just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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