It used to be when I heard a knock on the door, I’d creep around to see if I could see who it was, lest I open the door to an onslaught of proselytizing. Now I don’t even try to hide the fact that I’m home. They can hit up my neighbor, but I’m not answering.
But I do like these two women at the Harvard T station who take a different tact. Mother and daughter hang out as commuters stream by, not approaching or accosting them, but standing quietly holding up copies of Watchtower, a Jehovah’s Witness publication. Their religious dedication is evident, but they don’t force it down anyone’s throat. They wait for people to approach them. Which is why I was happy to see a young man approach them last week, curious. A seeker!
Their if-you-stand-here-they-will-come attitude is admirable. It takes a lot of discipline not to try to spread the word in a zealous way, but to let people come to them with questions of faith. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that same young man standing there one day.
Of course, just when I thought I was OK with all this, I went to the Watchtower website and was shocked to see an article titled “Negotiating a Reasonable Bride-Price.” WHAT???