I just received in the mail an actual invitation to go to the Garden State Baptist Church here in New Jersey ! It came in the mail on an oversized postcard, beautifully laminated, with a sunset picture of the three crosses on the front side. The invitation reads : " How do you recognize love ? Real love bears all things and hopes for the best. Real love sacrifices itself for what it loves. And real love never fails. This Easter season, come to the Garden State Baptist Church and hear the ultimate story of love......"
Then it goes right into an advertisement : Church the way it used to be ! Scriptural, Sound, Solid Bible Teaching, Junior Church For Children. Sunday - 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM. In Depth Bible Study 6:00 PM Every Sunday Evening ! ( They even give a little map and directions on how to get there, and of course their website !)
Has the Christian religion really gotten so desperate that they have to send out ads promoting their churches to bring in more people? What, is there not enough money in the collection plate every Sunday ? Maybe the minister is just dull and unenthusiastic with his tellings of the bible . Or maybe as F. W. Woolworth used to say it is all about location, location, location !
What makes me angry isn't that they are doing this, ( I really don't care what they do ), but that they are blindly sending these postcards out as a mass mailing to everyone, and anyone with an address ! Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Asatruar, Wiccans, even Catholics must have received these offensive advertisements in the mail, from these Baptists! Could you imagine if I sent out a mass marketing ad for the Spring Equinox ritual ?! The fervor it would cause would be immense, and I am sure I would wind up on the news, or worse ! We would be seen once again as those evil pagans trying to subvert the good people of the Christian community.
To help these poor Baptists get more people into their church, ( and leave the rest of us the hell alone ), I have come up with a few ideas that they could try. How about Jesus Cap Day ?! All children under 18 get a free Jesus cap . Or how about the first 25 in line get a free cross, blessed by the nice minister himself ! That should pack them in ! Bingo is another good option that has worked for their brother Catholics over the years. Or maybe the minister could do a magic act while he reads from the bible.
Actually, I really don't care what they do to bring in more people as long as they don't involve me with these offensive religious advertisements ! You should not push your religion on others with mass mailings ! It is rude and offensive, especially to a religion like ours that has been repressed by Christianity for over 1000 years now. If you have a viable religion it will bring in people on its own. If not it should disappear from lack of community support.
If our religion ever gets to this point I will still love and honor our Gods and Goddesses, but I will break away, and call myself something else ! I however, do not think we have the same mentality as the Christians, which is why our non - monotheistic religions our now the fasting growing in the world !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !