I was walking across campus the other day when I saw a large crowd of people amassed on the central green known as “The Oval.” When I went to investigate, I discovered the source of the crowd was a couple of Christians wielding signs, and telling the amassed to turn from their sin, especially of the sexual variety. It’s pretty common for evangelists to come to The Oval.
Probably 80% of the crowd was there for the entertainment, and they had a good time mocking the Christians. One guy thought he was pretty clever and made his own sign by writing with a sharpie marker on a piece of cardboard. “American cheese is the only cheese!” He shouted, proudly holding up the sign. I have to admit, that was pretty funny.
The Christian signs were less humorous. One denounced homosexuality as a perversion and was accompanied by a Bible verse. Another condemned abortion, and yet another sign pronounced that “God Is Angry For You Have sinned,” and listed a whole slew of sins that have made God angry. Two sins were bolded and highlighted in red: “Hating God” and “Hating Your Neighbor.”
Over the noise of the crowd, I heard the Christian speaker’s voice. I’m not sure what the context was, but he said something along the lines of, “The only difference between prostitutes and many of the girls here is that prostitutes get paid, while you give it away freely.” This statement was followed by a chorus of angry “OHHHs” and looks of disdain. I was pretty shocked he would say that myself, even though there was quite a bit of truth to his words. A lot of people left after that, but plenty more people came and eventually replaced the depleted numbers.
I heard one guy say to his friend, “This is so entertaining. It’s so funny how no one walks away from this thinking, ‘Oh, I really believe this stuff now.’ This guy gives Christians a bad name.” I walked away wondering if he was right.