This Little Light of Mine: A Satire

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Katherine Snyder
Professor Gardner
GSTR 110: H
16 September 2013

A group of very passionate Christians appears at one of the crosswalks of Berea College. Heatedly, they scream at the pedestrians and students and faculty and anyone with hearing intact of the wickedness of the onlookers’ ways and the eternal damnation to which their current life leads them. As obviously necessitated by their religious beliefs, these kind folk attempt to carry out a principle mandate set forth by their God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: to convert, and therefore save, the sinners of this world. Walking away, though, one must wonder if there is not a more efficient way to proselytize the lost sheep of the world. As surely as this work must be
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The mere idea that religion is a personal venture, one that needs or asks not to be meddled with (especially by those who say that it is God’s plan that determines the journey) is tom-foolery, meant to draw the evangelic from his path to your enlightenment. Most revolting is the idea that God is potentially present in all religions, interpreted in a myriad of ways like any single aspect of life. There is one true God and he will send cleansing fire to scour this earth of those who believe differently. If we reach to our King James Bible, we find support even there for this approach to novitiates. “And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, bring her forth, and let her be burnt” (Gen 38:24). As well, God recruited Moses, a great man who became the savoir of the Jews, with a burning bush (Exo 3:2-4). Furthermore, as god speaks, he appears to even encourage this resolution to the discord of the earth. “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” (Luke 12:49). As the children’s hymnal sings, referencing a candle, symbolic of divine love: This little light of mine, I 'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let
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