Today in Liverpool the cart Witnesses were in their usual speck in Bold Street holding out their wafer thin rags and books that they literally can't even give away. But today the city centre was flooded with some sort of black church handing out their leaflets and little invitations to a "special event" this Sunday. I took a leaflet off them as they handed it to me and they were very smiley and cheerful. They wished me a lovely weekend and said "Jesus loves you, you must be born again". Well that spoilt it for me.
Jesus loves me... but unless I sign up as his slave he'll burn me for all eternity. Sounds like a great father figure doesn't he?
The tract turned out to be an invitation to a faith healing drive. With testimonials by people who'd been "cured" of high blood pressure, a sore back or a migraine. I noticed there were no testimonies by amputees or burn victims.
Anyway. They gave special attention to the JWs. A black woman whom I assume is a pastor of some sort due to the purple scarf cloth thing around her neck and down her front approached the cart and (tried) to debate scripture with them. The JWs kept referring her to their website. One brother came over from another cart at the other side of the road with his bible. The woman was asking if he's born again. I didn't hear his answer but the other 3 JWs started packing up the carts and one brought over a reasoning book for the brother.
I tried to get a bit closer to hear. The woman said "do you imitate Christ?" The brother said yes and pointed out his ministry. The woman asked if she can share a scripture with him. He said no!
Then he walked off to the others packing up their carts. The woman followed and asked if she can share something Jesus said? He ignored her and handed her a JW.borg business card.
The Witnesses left. Now, I know they didn't leave because their time was up because they're there every Saturday until at least 3pm and this happened at 11:20.
Ever known a student of the bible or imitator of Christ to reject someone actually wanting to talk about Jesus and the bible? No, me neither.
This is the sort of situation I'd pray for when I was a JW. I loved debating scripture because I genuinely believed and (thought) I knew my stuff.