This isn't the first time, either. It actually happened earlier this week catching up with a former co-worker. She quietly and, rather innocently I believe, snubbed me.
The most egregious snub, by far, occurred, while I was getting a test done on my legs by a tech last December. The tech- I'll call him Mr. Lovejoy- and I struck up a convo about churches and being Christian. I was asked what church I attend, and when I responded that it was part of the Anglican Communion, the friendly mood quickly soured.
"So, " he asked quite seriously, "if you died tonight..." (uh-oh, no sentence can have a strong finish with THAT opening) "...why would God let you into Heaven? What have you done to make you worthy of eternal life?"
Let's pause here. Maybe those outside of the Sinner's Prayer/ Come to Jesus/ Get Saved/ Evangelical movement are unfamiliar with this line of questioning, but I'm not. I know when I'm being proselytized, darn it! I know because I was taught those lines in years of Christian school, Vacation Bible School and a little class held for 5 hours straight on a random Saturday called "Becoming a Contagious Christian".
I speak Christianese.
But to Mr. LoveJoy, my former co-worker and the girl at the cafe, it was assumed I didn't. Why? Because I'm in the wrong group.
Kind of Catholic.
Priestesses, Gay folks and... well, okay I don't know what the guy in the last square represents, but I guess that martini glass represents something devious.
So very many assumptions. The worse for me, though, is that I'm not a truly-true Christian and that I need to walk the Romans Road to salvation quicker than I can yell "Saul on the way to Damascus" or else...
I can't lie. It's annoying. And a little hurtful. I believe it comes from a good place, but it still sucks that so many of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ view me as a wicked step-child.
This has been a lesson to me. One, that my brief stint in dipping my toe in the pools of Fundamentalism 7 or 8 years ago probably pissed off a few people. If so and you're reading this, I'm sorry. Two, that we Christians should learn our best witness is not something off a Jack Chick tract, or any tract, but our lives. Making speeches about Hell or assumptions about others knowledge of the Faith is off-putting if not downright offensive.
If I'm a Christian (and I AM A CHRISTIAN) and I get snubbed, how are non-Christians treated??? I shudder to think.