Ever notice that there are some people that just want to tell others about their religion. I’m not specifically referring to evangelizing, try to convert someone, just that they. love talking about church, their pastor, the most recent sermon, or something else related. I think that many of these just assume that whoever their speaking with holds at least a similar belief, and that discussing their belief is okay. It’s never considered that the person they are conversing with just may not care. In fact, maybe that other person holds different beliefs or none at all.
Many people are too courteous to just come out and tell the person that they’re really not interested in their religion. I know I’ve been in that situation where the believer finally runs out of gas, and walks away. I find myself automatically rolling my eyes in relief. I really don’t want to be rude to another person, but maybe there’s a point when the person requires a gentle, but firm, verbal slap in the face to wake them up to the fact that no one really cares.
I used to share a large cubicle with a guy who only spoke about two topics: cars and Jesus, neither of which I cared about but discussing replacing a transmission was far preferable to telling me how the Lord has been working in his life recently. He’s a really nice guy though, and even though I considered issuing that same verbal slap, I could just never bring myself to do it. It wasn’t like I was spending eight hors listening to that nonsense, but hey, two or three hours over eight? That was quite enough. Of course, he was unaware that I’m an atheist and probably wouldn’t have kept up the banter if he knew. Or maybe it would’ve become worse, I don’t know.
I tend to believe that he would’ve just moved on to other victims so maybe I was actually performing a service to my co-workers. I think it really comes down to those people that want to talk about their belief continuously to develop a sense of who their audience is and maybe instead of assuming everyone is interested in what their talking about, allow for the fact that not everyone, in fact most, are completely uninterested.