Tonight, I logged into Tagged to find the following message waiting for me:
Romans 6:23 “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”… Do you know Him?
The person who sent it to me is not on my friends list, so I can only assume that he’s sending this message to random people on Tagged. This makes him the online equivalent of door-to-door evangelists. In my mind, it also makes him the online equivalent of a telemarketer calling me to sell something I’m not looking to buy, a Mormon missionary knocking on my door, or a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman (do they even have those anymore?). In other words, like all those others, he’s a minor annoyance.
I simply don’t understand why people feel it is necessary or good to walk up to someone at random (or contact them online at random) and try to “sell” that person a particular religion. To be frank, religion is far more important to me, and it’s something I’m only interested in discussing with someone I have an established, fairly well-rounded relationship with. Anything else is just someone looking to make their next “sale” and gets treated like every other salesperson that decides to peddle their wares to me unbidden.
Of course, I do pride myself on politeness. I don’t get nasty with telemarketers (unless they continue to press the matter after the polite “I’m not interested”). I don’t get nasty with Mormon missionaries. And I didn’t get nasty with this guy. In fact, I sent what I felt was a rather polite reply:
I’m sorry, but I have a policy against getting into evangelistic
conversations with random strangers. Please accept my best wishes and
a blessing for a full life, however.
And with any luck, that’ll be end of the whole thing.
Update: As I was making this post, I received the following reply:
I’m sorry about your policy.
And I’d say that’s a pretty good place to leave the whole conversation.