I was just wondering if some of you could offer some information on an experience I had today.
Please bear with me because I have to set the scene upon which I based my decision as to how best to react.
This morning I was bitten by the “cleaning bug” which has been pestering me all week…I have 2 dogs now (1 recently adopted) and live in a small 2 story townhome. Anyway, after I took the dogs for a quick walk to relieve themselves I set to work…basically in my pajamas…you know…lounge pants and a T-shirt. My hair was pulled up in a doubled- up pony tail and I felt really gross. In other words…I was NOT dressed or prepared for company.
All the same, I feel I may have missed an opportunity.
As I vacuumed and watched the Olympics, I heard the door bell ring. I turned off the vacuum as my German Shepherd barked and realized that the doorbell was not on TV. Now, my front door is right next to a large window which was open to let in the breeze. Because I live alone (as a single woman) I tend to sometimes go beyond social norms in the interest of self-defense.
Even though it’s broad daylight and I have 2 dogs, I am well aware that although most people who come to the door have honorable intentions…it’s the others that concern me.
Instead of opening my inside door (I also have a concern that one or both of my dogs will dart outside, especially if the visitors are holding the screen door open) I went to the open window and greeted the visitors. I saw a middle aged man in a suit and a woman, I learned was his wife.
He said they were there to share some thoughts about the Bible with me.
Now, obviously, since I am here, I have a desire to learn more, although I don’t feel ready for apologetics.
I told them that I really didn’t have the time (OO! I could have phrased that better…such as “It’s not a good time…”) and that I’m Catholic and attend Epiphany a few blocks away.
They didn’t pressure me and instead just wished me a good day…and I wished them the same. It was really weird talking through a window…I’ve never done that before and would tell most people that it’s very rude. I didn’t mean to be rude at all.
I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts, first of all, who these people may be? I’m sure they aren’t JW’s, since it was a married man and woman. Anyone have any idea what denomination they could be from? I’m not sure that I’ve ever had Morman couples evangelizing before.
I’m a new homeowner so this has been my first visit from any evangelists.
Also, as my background is what it is, I am very cautious about opening doors to people I dont’ know…even if they hold a Bible. Anyone can hold a Bible and say they are there to discuss it…but their story can quickly change once they’re in the door.
Those of you who have entertained such visitors, how have you been so sure they were there to only discuss the Bible? What signs have you looked for in their body language, etc.
I would at some point welcome a good discussion even to help bridge the gap between religious understanding, but today, there was NO WAY I was going to let someone come in (dirty house, dressed in PJ’s).
I really do feel that I missed an opportunity to represent Catholicism, and therefore Jesus in a very real way.
Guess we *don’t * know the day and the hour!