Messengers from God?

By Valerie Taisey
Westgate CVI
Thunder Bay, ON

Have you ever been walking down the street and get stopped by some weird old person asking if you want to repent for your sins, and no matter what you do or say they won't leave you alone? You really only have two choices in a situation like that, say yes or RUN, because if you don't I can guarantee that you are going to be there for a long time arguing. It's like this cute, and maybe a little creepy, old person transforms into a pious raging psychopath.

The question is however, why are these people acting this way? What is pushing these little old people to waste valuable time and energy trying to make us "sinners" repent? The answer is pretty much simple, Y2K. Over the past couple of years people have been running around like chickens with their heads cut off, screaming that the world is going to end, or that the Lord is coming to save us; that is if you repent. Organizations are popping up everywhere with lines like "God has a plan for your life . . ." and "Have You Been Born Again?", each recruiting old people (primarily ex-alcoholics and the homeless) by telling them that they are messengers of God, sent to bring back man into "the family of God," and sending each one out to push not religion, but God. Each one clearly stating that in the year 2000 God will appear and take all those who have repented their sins to Heaven, leaving the rest on earth to burn with the Devil.

To some of you it might just sound like a bunch of bull from a senile old person who seriously needs a hobby, but I personally think that it's a little creepy. Here are these old people wandering the streets and hanging around schools, stopping students on the side walks and basically harassing them until they either run away or agree to be repented, and even then they still may not go away. I do not believe that anyone has the right to push something as controversially as religion and God upon another person. If anything I find that these people are turning students from religion and God. If I ever needed a reason to become a Satanist or an Atheist, being harassed by a pious old man would be a good reason for me.