Originally Posted by alexischristina
How is it contradictory? You can be in public practicing your religion all you want. As soon as you start actively trying to convert me, I consider it shoving.
Actively converting? That pamphlet isn't going to behead you if you don't read it.
Don't wanna waste your time trying to throw it away? Let the people trying to give it to you that you REALLY aren't interested. If they press, tell them to leave you the hell alone. If they don't leave you the hell alone, you have a case. I'll give it to you; that's shoving, and I apologize if that ever happens to you.
But no one can convert you. No one can make up your mind and force you to believe anything. That's why when people complain that they're having something "forced upon them", I just laugh. Because unless there's a "convert or ELSE!" and a threat of some sort, there isn't any force involved. Sure it's uber annoying, but "forced" and "shoved" is a little dramatic.
Christian need to learn this too. People convert themselves. People make their own decisions. Christians don't save people; people save themselves. If someone does not want, they DO NOT WANT. Wipe the dust from your feet and move on. (That's in the Bible!) Worry about yourself, Christians-who-annoy-the-crap-out-of-people. If you feel like to need to "save" people to feel good about yourselves, you have a spiritual problem. Plant the seed and let it grow on its own accord. If people wanted religion in this age of easy to access information, they have the opportunities to seek it themselves.
But in today's world everyone has got to learn to not be offended by crap that doesn't even matter. If you (general you; I'm not attacking you or anything, Alexis. Feel the internet love!) can't tune people out, you have a problem. It's like in grade school and that kid told you that you were a fat, ugly cow. It isn't true, so why does it matter to you?
I understand being sensitive and getting upset. I feel really pressured when I pass by donation stands outside of Walmart and give them no money.
But those people get passed up by hundreds of people a day. I'm just one, and they won't hate me for it. Or even remember me, for that matter. Once I realized the only one who cared was me, I stopped caring. And then NO ONE cared!
^^ Was that even related? Only a little. I'm just insecure too. <33