Wicca Experts Encourage Christians to Engage America's 'Fastest-Growing' Religion
This is just another fluff piece about the snow-job entitled "Generation Hex", a book that purports to teach Christian how to interact with Wiccans/Pagans. It's off topic for my blog, and it's been covered before very well (here, for example), but I'm in the mood to rant a bit.
Now get this:
...The authors urged for more engagement from the Christian community, and more long-term engagement at that...
Yum, that sounds so warm and fluffy.
...Burroughs said the number one complaint they received from Wiccans about Christians was that they would befriend them but later desert them if they did not convert in a short period time...
Oh pooh! You don't say! You mean you're upset that I pegged your friendship as nothing more than proselytizing?
...To change this perspective, we must decide to love Wiccans whether they ever become Christians or not...
My bad. There's certainly nothing wrong in teaching us all to love one another, no matter our beliefs. Bravo! It was really stupid of me to think that the only reason you'd give me the time of day was to get in good with God.
...Only this long-term approach will work with many Wiccans.”
OH JESUS H CHRIST!!!
...Alupoaicei also advised Christians to simply take the time to listen to Wiccans instead of starting out using terms that might alienate the person or keep him or her from sharing his or her story...
Ah, that's it, get us all touchy feely.
“...Many Wiccans/pagans had a specific triggering experience that caused them to turn toward Wicca or paganism..
Yup, establish a rapport.
...You could ask, ‘What led you to embrace Wicca? What do you like about it?’ and use that as a steppingstone to talk about your own faith...
Then the minute they go weak in the knees, chop'em to ribbons with pearls of wisdom from the Bible!
“...Most people love to talk about themselves,” she added. “Why not ask them to share a bit about themselves with you?”
Great, I'm glad they tipped us off as to what to watch out for. Basically it means our Christian friends are not really our friends, they just want to take a real long time to convert us and absorb us Landru-like into the body of Christ. So, when peppered with such questions from some bar-fly Crusader, have some snappy responses handy:
1)"I decided Paganism was for me the first time I tasted human flesh"
2)"Talk about myself? I'd rather be playing with myself!"
Oh wait, I did something like this over here. I hope you find my suggestions inspiring, but it's always fun to think-up your own.