This photo is courtesy of my sister in New York City. I do not know where she saw this sign, but I want one.
Well ’tis the season in East Goshen and many other parts of Chester County. But what is new for me here, versus where I have spent the rest of my life, is that what I used to see was annoying, but not as intrusive – the people parked on the public street and went door to door. But here? Here they drive up with a gaggle of God’s soldiers in a mini-van.
Today, first I got one set, then another. First of all, it’s raining. Second of all, it is incredibly intrusive.
So there they are at my door early this morning. Said “no thank you” to the first crew. Then came the second wave. I will admit I wasn’t so nice to the second set.
Yes I am sure. I have my God. And my God does not encourage me to foist my beliefs onto others door to door driving up people’s private driveways proselytizing. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists and other various and assorted prosletory groups should not be able to just waltz on whatever private property takes their fancy under the guise of religious solicitation. I do not and never have approved of religious solicitation. And these crews also seem to make people give back parts of their salaries to these “churches”, which of course might be one of the reasons why Jehovah’s Witnesses are the largest landlord in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn and have a crazy amount of real estate holdings. It is cult – like to me. I mean is it normal to want to set one’s self on fire like a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia did recently?
I have my God and he doesn’t need replacing thank you very much. I find these “visits” intrusive, not Godly. I must not be the only one as I found a website of born-again Christians who are runaway former Christian Scientists.
And as for Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to Wikipedia:
Jehovah’s Witnesses are best known for their door-to-door preaching, distributing literature such as The Watchtower and Awake!, and refusing military service and blood transfusions. They consider use of the name Jehovah vital for proper worship. They reject Trinitarianism, inherent immortality of the soul, and hellfire, which they consider to be unscriptural doctrines. They do not observe Christmas, Easter, birthdays, or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. Adherents commonly refer to their body of beliefs as “the truth” and consider themselves to be “in the truth”. Jehovah’s Witnesses consider secular society to be morally corrupt and under the influence of Satan, and limit their social interaction with non-Witnesses.
Congregational disciplinary actions include disfellowshipping, their term for formal expulsion and shunning. Members who formally leave are considered disassociated and are also shunned. Disfellowshipped and disassociated members may eventually be reinstated if they request it.
What do all of you think? Do you think Jesus should deliver? I have also noticed that much as was the case in the depression, the worse the economy gets, the more people who are turning to alternative and non-traditional religion and religious practices. Which in and of itself is very interesting, sociologically speaking.
At the end of the day, how you worship God is a personal thing. I have friends who are many different religions. We respect each others’ views and don’t foist personal beliefs on others. They don’t drive their mini vans full of Onward Christian Soldiers up the driveway, either.
According to a Google search, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are located at 1200 Phoenixville Pike in West Chester. May they learn to stay in their own driveway and consider themselves disassociated or disfellowshipped from mine – ya know since I am one of those pagans who celebrate things like Christmas, anyway?