It was almost closing time and I was out on the sales floor straightening up my department. When all of the sudden…..
I was approached by a young man in his twenties who began to barrage me with questions about my beliefs and the Lord.
The following is my best recollection of that conversation…
Jesus Tweaker: “Do you know the Lord?”
Me: “Uh….that’s a complicated question.”
JT: “Well, I’m here to tell you that the Lord loves you..I’m a messenger of love.”
Me: “Well, I won’t fault anyone who wants to share love.”
JT: “Do you believe there’s evil in the world?”
Me: “Yes, but I don’t believe in thought crimes.”
JT: “Did you know that Jesus talked about our thoughts and said if we even look at a women lustfully we have committed adultery?”
Me: “Well, that’s what I’m talking about. I think that Jesus is teaching a form of thought crimes. I personally think morality is based on consent. If you harm or do something to someone without their consent, you’re immoral in my opinion. Demonizing, natural sexual attractions is a form of thought crime and I think it’s only purpose is to make people feel guilty, even though they haven’t done anything wrong.”
At this point Jesus Tweaker seems confused and begins to talk about right and wrong. He’s talking so loud and with a huge smile…that it reminds me of when I’ve talked to people who were massively drunk. After skirting some more on morality, the inquisition continues.
JT “Do you believe in a higher power?”
JT “No…why not?”
Me: “Because, I don’t have any evidence that sems to indicate a higher power exists…”
JT “But do you have a wife or kids?
JT “You love them don’t you…well, how can you explain your love for them?”
Me “I’m not sure how that’s relevant.”
Again, my answer seems to have thrown Jesus Tweaker a bit off track and he changes course.
JT “Well, I’m just here to tell you that God wants a relationship with you.”
Me: “And how do you know this?”
JT: “Because the Bible is God’s word and it tells us about God’s love.”
Me “OK…but why am I speaking to you and not God himself? Doesn’t he have the ability of making that clear to me.”
JT “Well…I’m a messenger of the Lord, a messenger of his love. I don’t believe it’s an accident that we’re speaking right now. I didn’t come here on my own.”
Me “Hmmmm…..but you did walk in on your own 2 legs? You did come in here by your own choice, didn’t you?
JT ” I just want to tell you God loves you and sent his Son, Jesus to die for you. I’ve seen demons cast out and I believe that I will see the dead raised.”
He then proceeds to tell me about how he prayed for a woman with one leg shorter than the other. She asked for him to pray for her back, but he refused and they prayed for her leg and it grew out 2 inches.
Me “So it grew out 2 inches? What about an amputee, have you ever seen one healed by having their leg grow back?
JT “No…I did ask a couple of amputees in the city if I could pray for God to heal them. But they seemed offended and wouldn’t let us pray.”
At this point, a concerned shift leader stops by to make sure I’m ok. I indicate that I am and I begin to try and wrap up the conversation.
Me “Well…it’s been nice chatting but I need to close up my department.”
JT “Can I just pray for you?”
Me “No..I don’t think that’s appropriate since I’m on the clock. You can feel free to pray on your own time.”
JT ignores me and prays loudly “I just bless you in JESUS name. THANK YOU FATHER! I bless you”
At this point he walks away to a cash register, where he loudly proclaims his love for the Abba Father, and begins asking employees and customers if they beleive in God.
I turn away and wonder if I was ever that “crazy” for the Lord.