To the bible thumping, subway car preacher:
I get it.
You want to share your one “truth”. You want to spread the word of your lord. You want me to believe in your god. You want to “save” me.
Here’s the thing though—
I have my own truth. Yes, I happen to be Catholic but the values and principles I have, I inherited from the strong and respectable family in which I was privileged to be surrounded by my entire life. That is my truth.
Though I think it necessary to read the bible because it is a great literary piece that is oft referenced by other great works (& I have, actually, cover to cover), it’s just that: a literary piece. You cannot pick and choose which passages are to be taken literally & which you can excuse as “outdated”. I mean think about it, love and commitment between two men (or two women) are wrong because the bible says so? Are you telling me then, that you would actually follow through with cutting off a woman’s hand because “Bible says”:
If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity.
If you would, you have more problems than I originally thought.
I believe in people. I believe that we are all inherently good and that we are all connected. I believe that the best thing I can do in my lifetime is try and be as decent, compassionate, forgiving, generous and gracious a person as I can be to man and animal alike. If god is who you says he is, that’s what would matter in the end and not whether I gave money to and attend your church every Sunday.
I don’t need to be saved. Period.
So next time you decide to play show and tell, please do it in your church. Preaching to grown men and women in a subway car because they have no other choice—they’re literally trapped—is not just irritating it’s offensive. I get enough of it walking on the street, please leave my morning commute alone.