July 11, 2008

Concrete Christianspeak

Parking at work is sometimes a challenge, and it is not uncommon for me to have to walk a bit between where I park and the building in which I work. While walking from my car into my building yesterday, I had to cross a street. As I stepped up onto the curb, I happened to look down and saw that "Jesus Christ is Lord" had been scrawled into the cement before it was finished drying. By the look of the curb, it had been there for years, possibly decades. I found myself wondering who had written it and why. After all, this curb is found at a state university, supposedly a reasonably secular center of higher learning where students acquire critical thinking skills.

I decided that the person who decided to vandalize the drying cement was most likely a student. Probably unfair, but it was the conclusion I reached. I had a difficult time imagining the workers who poured the cement doing it. If someone saw them, they'd likely have some explaining to do and could risk losing a lucrative contract. Sure, it could have been a professor, staff member, or even some random person from the community. But I figure it was probably a student.

I then started to wonder exactly what sort of student would do something like this. There is a Baptist Student Center less than a couple blocks from this point on campus. Yes, there is a Baptist Student Center right there on campus. I pass it every day, and it seems to be a popular gathering place for students. I'm still looking for the Atheist Student Center.

What was going through the mind of the person who scrawled this bit Christianspeak into the cement? Did they think it would convert people for years to come? Perhaps it was just intended to remind the vandal what he or she was supposed to believe. Or could it have been a message to the evil nonbelievers who would tread this path?

I don't have any idea, of course. Whoever did it is probably long gone. And yet, I enjoy thinking about it for some reason. Now why is there not an Atheist Student Center anywhere to be found?

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