I moved this over here because the other thread is a Prayer Request.hugodrax wrote: ↑Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:56 amI wonder what we've come to sometimes. I'm not a Protestant so I don't take Gideon bibles, although I treasured a Gideon pocket New Testament for years and I've certainly read them when alone in hotel rooms.
I guess what I'm trying to say is the thought of calling the police to save me from a few gents handing out bibles, even abridged versions, wouldn't have occurred to me in my college days. We were too busy having fun or throwing rocks at nambla marches, which, come to think of it, was also fun.
I imagine that some old farts handing out bibles on a college campus is benign and it may seem silly for people here to think of people calling the police about it but this is outside of the college "witnessing" context. At TTU, I walked across campus 4-5 times a week and my route included the "free speech" area. Once a year, The Gideons came out and handed out bibles. I have several, now. However, there were other Christian groups who came out to witness their version as well. This included five different groups who came (still do, I imagine) twice a year to yell obscenities* at the students.
These groups are lumped in with the Gideon's in many people's view. If you are not a Christian, why take the time to differentiate? Heck, I have heard RCC members in the past equate groups like this as basically the same protestants. So, A little grace and understanding if someone called the police may go a whole lot further when and if it happens.