Religion and Politics. These are two topics you will never see me post on my blog. Why? Because those are two of the most opinionated and sensitive topics out there. Because those are two topics that essentially started wars and tore apart families, friends, and mankind. Because I dislike those two topics.
So why am I talking about it now? Because something happened…
Recently, two people I know decided to give each other the silent treatment over a silly and stupid reason and as always, I’m caught in the middle. It was a simple matter of miscommunication and all it would take to fix this situation is an explanation but no, it was too much for both of them.
I hate being the middle-person. It meant I have to be a conduit channel for their communication. It’s like some of the holiday dinners I’ve seen in movies where the mother asks the son/daughter to pass the gravy even though it’s closer to the father.
A few weeks ago, I went to meet one of them and upon meeting, that person shoved a book into my hand. “This is an important book. Take good care of it.” That person said.
It was raining hard and I didn’t want to stand outside and analyze what I’ve just received. So I didn’t know what the book was until I showed the book to the other person. “Where did you get this?”
“She gave it to me.” I replied. That was when I saw it on the cover, written clearly in bold and golden lettering, Holy Bible. “What in the world?” I muttered.
“Why did you take it?” She shrieked. I don’t know. I wasn’t thinking. All I wanted was to get out of there. I never agreed to this in the first place.
“I told her I didn’t want it.” I lied. “But she sped away and I couldn’t catch her.”
“Don’t you know?”
“Know what?” I clenched my teeth while silently balling my fists.
“She gave you this book to tell you that your mother isn’t teaching you enough.” I don’t believe her. “Why are you so stupid?” Those words made me more angry than ever. I hate it when people treat me this way, like I’m still a little child who didn’t know better. “It’s obvious she’s using religion to get to you.”
I became instantaneously angry and annoyed, angry at being called stupid and annoyed at that person’s false assumption about me. True, I don’t talk about religion, ever, and when someone tries to turn me onto the topic, I’d only switch the topic in less than 5 minutes but it does not mean I don’t care.
I don’t like the subject because it’s too sensitive and there are too much opinion surrounding the subject that I’m afraid that if I approach this subject, I might offend somebody. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not knowledgeable of the text presented in the Bible or that I don’t read this holy book because believe me, I do.
Until now, the book is still resting between the front passenger seat of my car. I don’t know what to do with it since I can barely read Chinese and the Bible is in Chinese but once in a while, during a traffic stop, I’d sneak a glance at the book only to remind me of the annoyance of being the middle-person.
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What do you think? Don’t you think it’s a little rude to have a person shoving a book like the Bible into someone’s hands and say nothing?