November 20th, 2012
Bus preaching has been an on-going trend for quite a while now. There is nothing unfamiliar about hearing someone screaming on top of their lungs about the goodness of God or singing gospel for a while. Usually many of these individuals ask for donations directly after doing this. No, I am not trying to be offensive, but from what I have experienced this is the plain and simple truth.
While I was on a bus from Portmore to Downtown about one year ago, a man came on the bus at a particular bus stop. He proceeded to speak at full volume about the coming of God and what it will mean for the world. Then, all of a sudden, he shouted out about the brimstone that would fall on all homosexuals, particularly gay men (except he called them the B word-you know the one I mean). Then he went on to bellow (in not so proper language) about the dangers of being a prostitute (except he called them the W word-again you know the one I mean).
Okay, so never mind he shared his point of view about homosexuality and prostitution, but the language was just so crass and there were children on this bus. What kind of preacher is this I thought? I felt so uncomfortable the entire time.
What people need to understand is that while there may be genuine persons who want to really spread the gospel, there are others who use this medium as a means of gaining money. Additionally, I believe that if we allow persons to preach on buses at will, then this should be open to all religious groups-Catholic, Muslims and Rastafarians should all be able to share their religious beliefs through this medium too. Now, imagine the chaos when two persons of separate religious beliefs meet on one bus. (I could tell you a story about this too)
Anyway, this is only my opinion. Share your views. Go ahead and have your say…