I don’t know how many of you out there have noticed that the Evangelical Quiverfull crowd goes into full bore ‘Come to Jesus’ in the few short weeks leading up to Easter. Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist church has a entire series of blog posts urging people to get out there and go door to door ‘soul winning’ along with planning ideas and maps on where to church-plant his kind of church.
Here in the rural areas of Central Virginia signs, placards and postcards inviting you to come to Easter service at a variety of churches with crazy hip trendy names are more prominent than daffodils around the roadways. ‘Come to Elevation’ or ‘Life Church’ (big evangelical megachurch plant here) or ‘City Lights’ or ‘Rise’ or ‘The View’ or ‘The Life’. This week alone I’ve fended off Mormons and every version of Baptist from my front door. I removed 47 tracts from the bathroom at a nearby Lowes that some cowardly soul papered the restroom with instead of actually talking to people. One day while I was out shopping I happened to glance down into the car next to mine and see a pile of signs with a memo on top of them in that car. The memo was from one of the churches listed above and hectored/ordered its members to place these signs every single place you could to bring in new members and visitors.
Here’s the question all this unloving and frantic activity brings to mind to me. Why not simply follow the words of Jesus every single day and treat others with kindness instead of this emotionally mugging and blitzkrieg of strangers for a few weeks of the year? Has the church started losing so many members for a variety of reasons that the salvation calls are getting more desperate and strident?
Alright, my short rant on the frantic salvation calls at Easter is over and I’m stowing my worn out soap box.
Wishing you and your families a peaceful holiday while I think about how far from simple love the church has strayed.
Suzanne Titkemeyer is the admin at No Longer Quivering. She’s been out of the Quiverfull Evangelical world for nine years now and lives in the beautiful Piedmont section of Virginia with her retired husband and assorted creatures. She blogs at Every Breaking Wave and True Love Doesn’t Rape
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