"Proud to be an Atheist”
...was printed on the bumper sticker I followed for several stop lights a few weeks ago. It was on a pick-up truck driven by a man in his mid-30's. I guess it shouldn't shock me, but yep... it shocks me that someone could believe there was no God. As I followed his truck on my way home from work I just prayed for him. I didn't know what else to do (although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him.
If only he knew what I and so many others know to be true.
You know, I'm so blessed to have such great Christian friends and a great Christian family. I think sometimes I'm so surrounded by all those folks that I forget how many people out there are lost and don't know (or refuse to believe) the salvation that is so easily available to them.
It reminded me that this is why we do what we do [at the Church]. We should be reaching out to people like this in creative, compelling, and non-judgmental ways every chance we get; not just at the Church but in our everyday lives. Jesus has called us to be fishers of men (note He didn't say "catchers of men"). We should leave the catching up to God, but we have the responsibility to continuously cast our line out there.
I feel such a passion for this. I'm totally serious here... I was actually trying to figure out how I could talk to this guy! If I didn't think he'd punch me for wrecking his truck I probably would've done it!
John Bartlett, Barlay Brainstorm 63 Comments
[10/23/2008 7:14:45 PM]
Fundie Index: 9
Submitted By: spoonorca
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(although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him.
WOW! With people like you in town, it's no wonder he's an atheist. Wrecking into him so you can start a conversation? I'm not even sure how to go about responding to this.
10/25/2008 1:41:45 AM
Amazing how one bumper sticker struck so deeply at your basis of faith.
oh...and I would break your jaw if you tried such a stunt!
10/25/2008 2:36:16 AM
Endangering lives for Jesus... Yaay!
10/25/2008 8:19:53 AM
Is there a "dangerous driving for Jeebus" award?
10/25/2008 9:37:05 PM
Easily one of the scariest submissions on FSTDT.
More worrying because it's obviously completely sincere and even well meant, rather than some fundie ranting.
10/25/2008 9:39:53 PM
Just plain nuts...
10/25/2008 11:30:02 PM
I wish you had hit his truck. It would be great to hear you whine about how the evil atheist driver wouldn't listen to your spiel because he was trying to figure out how much he could sue you for.
10/26/2008 2:19:04 AM
That's why MY bumper sticker says;
"God, protect me from your followers!"
My other one says;
"Come The Rapture, we'll have The Earth to ourselves!"
10/28/2008 1:54:33 AM
I have no illusions about my ability to change your mind. You are obviously crazy beyond the help that can be offered on an internet message board. As such, I can only urge to wake up every morning and think to yourself, "I'm not going to be a batshit fundamentalist today!" Eventually, maybe you too can live in a world that's worthwhile without your imaginary friend in the sky.
10/28/2008 4:37:11 AM
I applaud this guy for the maturity to realize that morality is often about harm reduction more than anything else.
However, I want to fucking dopeslap him for being so monomaniacal as to even remotely think the accident ploy was a good idea. Spiteful, stupid, expensive, illegal, and possibly lethal, and the one thing this yutz was worried about was getting punched? This is the kind of thinking that makes people think fundies are crazy...
10/28/2008 5:47:33 AM
Seriously, that's pretty violent, what do you want to do next invade Iraq and bring them Christianity by force? Wait... too soon?
12/20/2008 5:25:45 AM
Don't talk to him - he's smarter than you are.
1/8/2009 8:06:17 PM
If I didn't think he'd punch me for wrecking his truck I probably would've done it!
Yeah, because that's going to convince him to join your religion...
1/8/2009 8:37:54 PM
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