Overheard in the Hallway
There’s a gentleman at the end of our hallway at work who just moved in a few months ago. Most people on our floor have been here for years and have come to understand the etiquette of the building. First rule: Don’t annoy people by being loud in the halls.
This particular guy is very loud. Everytime he walks to or from his office he must pass by every other office on the floor. Each time he’s (loudly) on his phone or (loudly) talking to a co-worker. He smokes, so he passes by often.
It bugged me at first, but eventually I started to find it amusing. Mostly because, perhaps wrongly, he was always in a crisis. Always complaining about something or someone. There’s no way he doesn’t have an ulcer.
Anyway, I just heard him walk by and I caught this part of his complaint de jour:
“…It’s because of their stupid Jesus and their stupid Bible…”**
And that’s what it all boils down to isn’t it? If people understand the gospel and what Jesus said and did, then they either follow him or hate him. Sometimes this hate is honest- like my neighbor. Other times the hate is shown by redefining or explaining away the offensive parts so that we can digest Jesus Lite.
Which is no Jesus at all.
**Isn’t this hate speech? Oh, right. It’s the PC sanctioned form of hate speech.