Marvin Flattened

In which Marvin, attempting to sell a giant flat screen TV and share the Gospel of Jesus at the same time, ends up having to decide just how far he will go for the truth.

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  1. Willie Hewes on June 22, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    Marvin, you lost your job! This is terrible, why’d you let it get that far?

    I really don’t think this is a matter of prosecution, I think it’s a matter of you touting your personal beliefs in a professional environment, which just isn’t appropriate. Although I have to say what that customer said to you was inappropriate too. Was he flirting with you or something?

    I used to be a salesperson at an electronics store too. 🙂 I have a better job now, hope you’ll find one too.

  2. Jonathan on June 22, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    What a shocking turn of events Marvin! As I listened to your “dangling” comment, I immediately thought of Jonathan Edward’s sermon. I guess great minds think alike. =)

    Now, I have to tell you Marvin that I’m pretty certain that this persecution complex, while very prevelant these days, isn’t really warranted here. At my job, I would be fired if I spoke that way to a customer. Or, let’s say I was a gay person and I laid it on one of my customers really hard and he was offended. I would probably be in some hot water.

    It doesn’t matter how right our beliefs are, if we don’t communicate them in an appropriate manner, then we’ve lost our audience. Having said that, we can’t continue to look at the past. Now is the time to collect your unemployment (yes, humble yourself a bit, go back to your former employer and get the paper work you need), maybe expand your evangelistic work. Heck, maybe Randy Thomas over at Exodus would be interested in hiring you as a spokesperson. Randy’s a good guy you know.

    All the best Marvin!


  3. Nillo on June 22, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, Mr. Marvin, I was so upset to hear that voice of judgment coming out of your mouth. When confronted with the woman who had committed adultry and the angry crowd, did Jesus arbitrarily dismiss the crowd saying “Ye who is without sin…” and then rush forward with a 52-inch flat screen TV and crush her sinning butt flat into the Jerusalem dirt? I’m not thinking so.

    I am sorry you lost your job though. Keep faith, Mr. Marvin, and don’t let all that harsh judgment you are laying on yourself spill over onto anyone else.

    Peace and blessings,

  4. Joe G. on June 23, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    I think the real mistake that you made Marvin was by not telling this man that he was going to hell for driving an SUV. Good luck with the job search. You know that you continue in my prayers.

  5. Lieutenant First Class for God! on June 24, 2006 at 6:32 am

    Well, Marvin, I am sorry you lost your job and am praying for you, that God provides a new one soon; I have to say, i totally get you not wanting to accept unemployment. God, being a Republican after all, surely doesn’t like things like unemployment or welfare or any of that. So it is inconceivable that He would actually USE unemployment to be the means by which He provides for you!! Good for you, and don’t listen to anyone who tries to tell you that God often uses systems set up by societies or governments to be the conduit for His blessing and provision. I’m sure you will be handed next month’s rent by some supernatural means that could only be from God. Maybe a dove will drop an envelope of cash on your head or perhaps you will chance to look down at the morning dew and find breakfast sitting there glistening, waiting for you. And you know, it’ll probably tase just like honey!

  6. Jennifer on June 26, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    I think that it’s ironic that you work at an electronics store that sells gigantic flat screen televisions.
    Kudos for putting that man with all the jewelry and designer clothes in his place. I probably would have done the same thing if someone said that to me when I was at work, because 1) it’s inappropriate and rude to say such things to a sales representative at a store of any kind, 2) it’s sexual harrassment, and 3) people selling to customers don’t really care what they use the material object for, they are just there to sell the product, not listen to the life story of the customers. I agree that this would be an incident worth getting fired over.

  7. Bob Painter on June 29, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Boy, Marv…you were a real ass, huh?

    I had several thoughts as I listened to your post.

    First, using jonathan’s post as a springboard, our witness is as much how we say what we think as what is said. I’m sure I ruffled your feathers above when I called you an “ass,” right? But I’m certain you appreciated my candor and feel deeply respected, true?

    I’m reminded of Paul’s words in I Corinthians 13, which I will reference in the following comments in this paragraph. If a Christian speaks with great wisdom and knowledge but doesn’t show LOVE, he is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Marvin, you were the entire percussion section!

    Also, having read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and comments about its presentation, I’m reminded that Mr. Edwards had terrible eyesight and stood above his congregants and read–with blandness and monotony–his sermon. When he finished, he lifted his head from the depth of his notes to notice women had fainted in the audience. Now, whether or not I agree with his message, he certainly delivered it with humility and respect for his parishoners.

    Anyway, I’m glad you were fired. Maybe it’s schadenfreude, but you’re behavior was very disrespectful.

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