I get a decent collection of emails in my almost 10 years running this site. Most are pretty nice, and occasionally, I get some that are somewhat rude. Like this exchange. Last night I get an email from a guy. I won’t name him, but let’s call him Oscar for the sake of this discussion. Unsolicited last night Oscar sends me this email:
I don’t know about you , but the Rangers are bad enough on their own , but that pissant announcer Josh Lewin makes me sick while I watch a horrible game
So I wrote back a couple of hours later with this:
I can’t help you there. I like Lewin. Also, “pissant” won’t foster many good conversations, really.
One other thing I should add is all the emails I send out have a bible scripture in the signature. I change it from time to time, but the current one is Philemon 1:6, which reads, I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. This will come up in the next sequence.
So this evening, I get another email back from Oscar, saying this:
Ok , Joe , I apologize for offending you . Looks like a clear case of me barking up the wrong tree . My mistake by writing a letter to a person who has a ranger baseball site but is not that much into baseball . Josh’s penchant for talking about anything other than baseball is ludicrous , but if that’s your cup of tea , more power to you . Maybe one day you’ll appreciate the great game of baseball for what it is , the national pastime , NOT a forum for lame comedy acts.
BTW , Jesus never played the game
Now, I know Josh Lewin isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I realize that. I like him, but I don’t go around calling him a pissant, or assuming people’s appreciation of the game is based on whether or not they like a particular television play by play announcer. That seems quite out there, and is the reason I’m posting this. The entire exchange seems quite bizarre. Anyway, I sent this back to him…
>>Ok , Joe , I apologize for offending you . Looks like a clear case of me barking up the wrong tree . My mistake by writing a letter to a person who has a ranger baseball site but is not that much into baseball .<< I'm very into baseball. Moreso than I think you possibly realize or assume. >> Josh’s penchant for talking about anything other than baseball is ludicrous , but if that’s your cup of tea , more power to you . Maybe one day you’ll appreciate the great game of baseball for what it is , the national pastime , NOT a forum for lame comedy acts . << I'm 42. Been paying attention since I was 7. Thank you for assuming you are aware of all the facts of my life and that you know enough about me to assume you know what's going on in my mind and how I appreciate things. Insulting me merely because I like something you don't is a pretty narrow minded view of the world and people. Grating emails like that don't make me want to explain myself to you. Just makes me want to stick you on ignore, so I don't have to see you again, but I won't do that. >> BTW , Jesus never played the game << No, but there's a lot to learn from Jesus about anger and poor attitudes towards people.
I really am perplexed by this. I will pray for understanding on this Oscar, as well as for your rather open hostility towards me.
Someone care to tell me (besides Oscar) if I’m off base here?
UPDATE: Friday evening, I got this back from our buddy Oscar. I don’t quite understand him at all.
why waste your time responding to a person who obviously is beneath you ? I’ve got all day , but your message of hope is wasted on cretins like me. Strike me from your reply list
So I gave him this in reply, but I think I’m done here unless he wants to discuss the Gospel some more.
It’s not my message of hope. It’s Jesus’ message of hope, and it’s never a waste of time. If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be glad to. Here’s one that I think applies to you.
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3: 22-24)