Dear Religious PamphleteersDear Religious Pamphleteers who loiter on downtown street corners, pushing your God-fearing propaganda to innocent bystanders,
Yes, you. You know who you are. You're the ones with the bad hair and clothes, and who are under the delusion that what you are doing is in some way beneficial to the greater good. New flash: you're not helping! Now, while I'm not intimately familiar with the teachings of His Lord, Jesus Christ, I am pretty sure that love thy neighbour was pretty high up on the list of to-dos. Handing out a pamphlet telling me that I'm a sinner and that I'm going to Hell is not, in my opinion, showing your love for me.
In fact, I don't need your love; I have enough love in my life that I would not feel comfortable accepting yours. But there are people in this city, close to the very sidewalks on which you stand every day, who desperately do need your help. Have you noticed the homeless people? They're usually sitting on the ground with a hand or a hat extended, hoping someone will give them a few coins so that they can perhaps nourish themselves with a slice of pizza or a McDonald's hamburger.
So rather than "helping" people by informing them that if they do not fear God as you do, they will be sentenced to eternal damnation, why don't you volunteer at a soup kitchen? Or take one of these people home, clean them up, feed them, and help them find a job and place to live? You clearly have more time on your hands than you know what to do with. I wasn't alive two millennia ago, but I'd wager that J.C. wasn't spending his days handing out pamphlets. And I'm also pretty sure that it wasn't because he was a visionary or the Son of God or anything that he thought to do something to actually help people when he was bored; rather, he used his common sense.
My dear religious pamphleteer, allow me to open your eyes! Let me save you from your lack of purpose! Permit me to rescue you from a life of unaccomplishment! Think of the good you could do! Think of the example you could set! Think of the image you could portray! The answer is sitting right there in front of you — you just need to look down.