Every church has it’s fair share of them
Today I spoke at the Broome Church and one of the other tourists wanted to get stuck in. I was catching up with an old friend who I hadn’t seen for probably 15 years when this man approached… He wasn’t going to wait and interupted our conversation to ask if he could speak to me. My friend politely excused herself and left me with this strange individual.
I had spoken about the shift in the spiritual landscape of Australia and used Billy Graham as an example. In 1959 when he came to Oz he had the biggest crowd ever at the MCG but I suggested that if he came back now he wouldn’t pull the same crowd because the culture has changed. I don’t know anyone who would disagree with this. Essentially I was saying that if we are to be effective as the church then we need to reconfigure how we see ourselves and the context we operate in.
However this man wanted to argue with me that Billy Graham was a bad man who supported Pres Nixon and was actually quite dodgy. While I doubted the truth of the conspiracy theory about him I honestly didn’t care very much as the point of the arguement didn’t hinge on Graham’s integrity, but in the culture.
But Mr Wacko wanted to argue… I explained myself once, he kept pushing and I asked him if he understood my point… He did… He just wanted to push his barrow.
I couldn’t see the point of listening to his nonsense, I simply said ‘yeah whatever’ and walked off. Probably not very pastoral but I’m tired of wacko, opinionated weirdos taking up my time with their absurd and poorly reasoned arguments.
Honestly, sometimes I reckon you just have to say ‘whatever’ and walk off. I would have liked to say make a stronger statement, but held my tongue…
We need to show grace to people as they grow but there are also those who just need to be told they are nut jobs and wasting your time.