polymorphism (polymorphism) wrote,

a smile is not always encouragement

I was lazing in bed, semi-conscious and hitting the snooze button, when the doorbell rang. I flung on the nearest clothing and headed for the door. When I opened it, there was a man standing outside, white/gray-haired but fit, dressed in a belted black waterproof jacket that came down to his knees, with a friendly, concerned face.

He quickly made the reason for his presence clear: his volunteer Christian group was going around the neighborhood to talk to people about reading the Scriptures. It was at this point that I smiled, which led him to ask me if this was a good subject. I told him no, wished him luck, and sent him on his way.

I can see why my smile would have been misleading, but I couldn't help it. Could he have chosen a house less suited to his purposes? Yes, he certainly could have, though I feel safe in guessing that the odds are fairly slim in this neighborhood - I have a feeling he wanted to get the lazy to come more solidly into the fold rather than seek out unbelievers. Even so, he might well have seen the denizens of the EH as prime targets for the ultimate goals of his group, but I think his chances of convincing anyone here of anything were also pretty slim.

I do read the Bible at times, but he probably would not have favored my reasons. He was polite, and I was polite, but though it's possible, it's not likely that we're on the same side on too many issues, and I'm not really interested in deeply exploring that question with someone whose faith causes him to go door-to-door for any reason that doesn't involve cookies.

Is it wrong that I would have listened for cookies?

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