Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Ultimate Conversation Killer

Why is it that when someone runs out of something to say that they drop this little nugget, "Well, what would Jesus say/do?" and by the way, thanks for staying on topic. Are you saying that you are soooooo pious that YOU actually know the answer to that hypothesis(notice I said hypothesis and not theory)? For that matter, What would Mohammad say? What would Thomas Jefferson say? What would Charles Darwin say? Who knows, THEY'RE DEAD! It' bad enough that the whole WWJD thing has become a commercial tag line. You can find it on bumper stickers, t-shirts even billboards. It's kind of a shame. But why must it come up at all? I don't need reminders of what the "ideal path" is and if I did need it, I'm beyond all hope. I'm just so sick of this being the ultimate conversation killer when all they are really trying to say(at least in my opinion)is that they want to take their ball and go home.

End rant, let the stoning commence.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Very good! I agree 100 percent. Geeesh, that pisses me off when people do that! And yeah...what would Jesus do, indeed, when talking about a shithead who (allegedly, I guess I need to say....he hasn't been convicted yet, although I think he confessed, but I could be wrong) brutally murdered someone. What would Jesus do? I seem to recall someone once telling me that if I didn't go to church then I'd go to hell. Ok, so if I don't go to church...if I don't believe in Jesus...then I'm going to hell? Doesn't sound very 'Christian' to me! You'd think Jesus would forgive me, wouldn't you? But no, I guess not. Straight to hell for not going to church! Straight to hell for masturbation! But kill someone? Ok, all forgiven.

Give me a break.

Whiner Girl said...

AMEN!!! I also just *love* when these people tell you to read the bible for proof that their way is true. Ummm ... I need more than one source cited to prove anything.

California Girl said...

I agree totally. I am all for believing, but remember to walk the walk and talk the talk 24/7/365, not just on Sundays. Throwing out WWJD to supposedly prove your point is actually pointless. No one knows what he would have done in any situation. This 'alledged' shithead doesn't deserve my sympathy. If God is to forgive him, then great, but I don't have to.

Kim said...

I wish you had an email address listed here!

Complaint Department Manager said...

Kim, Problem solved.

I have absolutely no problem with strong christian beliefs, it's just when this card gets pulled, I just want to tell them to grow up. The local blog community here has a majority of strong believers with a good sense of moral fiber and I applaud that AND at least they don't pull that card anytime a good debate is going(or at least not that I have seen).

Kim said...

Yeah, pulling that card really irks me. I'm not a religious person, but for those who are, fine. Just don't pull that Jesus card during debate and don't try to convert me!

Jason said...

Well, there's one flaw to your logic...there are many times you can ask "WWJD?" and know the answer.

Case in point: You're walking in downtown Springfield when a homeless person comes up to you and asks you for five bucks. You ask why they want it and they say because they haven't eaten and are hungry.

WWJD?

Instead of handing them five bucks, he would take them into the nearest restaurant, sit down with them and get them a good meal. Now, very few Christians would actually go the extra mile to do it, but that is what Jesus would do.

I know what you mean about people who just use it for a means to end a debate but there are some Christians (like myself) who ask that question to try and be better people.

Complaint Department Manager said...

That's pretty much what I was getting at Jason, as far as how most people who use the phrase would not go that extra mile, but still use the phrase. I hate the fact that the phrase has just become a tag line and no substance to back it up from the majority who use it and as expressed earlier, if you MUST use it, be sure you can walk the walk.

Me, I do not use the phrase as I am a good but flawed person that has no business using such a phrase. Even if I stepped up my game a bit, I'd still feel unqualified to use it. When I hear it, my first reaction is the squinting of the eyes then usually a nasty lear.

Kim said...

I've been known to pack sandwiches for people when I know I'll be in areas where homeless people are. I don't often, but I have on occasion. But I agree with CDM about people just using that phrase. I know I'm not perfect, and and when people use that phrase and seem to be implying that they are, it annoys me.

Great idea taking them to a restaurant! I bet not many people would do that.

CHATTI PATTI said...

It's a way to "guilt" people in shutting their pieholes.