It happens twice a year, in spring, like right now, and mid to late December. People who spent all year being busy, self-focused and indifferent suddenly get hit with nostalgia, and start going back to church. For a month or so, they'll be fervent believers, on a mission to save everyone they meet, even if it kills them. Then after about six weeks, they get over it, go back to their lives, and leave the full time believers there to clean up their messes.
Would the faith be better served to purposely encourage people not to proselytize in December and April to mitigate the damage done by the part-timers? Sell it as remembering the reason for the seasons, which is the dude with the hammer, not the innocent bystander in the next cubicle. Do you think the face of Christianity looks better or worse when the Christmas and Easter crew come back from hiatus?
Answer by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by Renee3K at 6:38 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
NP, I wouldn't know the answer to this then. I don't attend a church that promotes "spreading the word and running out like chickens with their heads cut off, degrading, preaching at, judging and condemning everyone they see without even getting to know them, or even determine if they're already Christian or not. They'll fervently tell everyone they're going to hell, doing it wrong, being too immoral and inconsiderate of "normal" people (by which they mean straight Christians)".
I don't think it matters if it's "revivial season" or not. I see this year round from other Christians (mostly on Cafemom).
Answer by Renee3K at 6:45 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 6:47 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
I've never noticed any more evangelizing around the holidays than any other time. I figure that for every group of Easter Lilies or Pontsettia that comes back for the holiday seasons only to leave, there are a few that stay. And that is a good thing. Besides, my church isn't much into herding the errant any time of year.
Answer by adnilm at 6:54 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 6:58 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 6:58 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
NP maybe it isn't a "revival" that you are seeing but a disgust you have for Christians that have taken these holidays with pagan origin and turned them into the focus of their Christian beliefs.
Answer by Renee3K at 7:01 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
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