Wrather Thoughts

A daily journal of the thoughts, ideas, and life of Ed Wrather who is a pastor and writer of the Burning Bush Devotional www.theburningbush.net wrather@dobsonteleco.com

Saturday, April 30, 2005

It is amazing to me when I receive an email from someone asking to be removed from the devotional subscriber list and that do so in a rude and obnoxious way. Why should this surprise me? Because I provide an absolutely free product which those on my subscriber list not only have to sign up for but they also have to respond to a confirmation email from the address subscribed.

Here are some of the emails I have received:

Please see that I'm not on your list; I do not want to hear from you again.
(First email I had received in regard to removal.)

Apparently this is spam because i told you to remove me from your mailing list.
(First email I had received in regard to removal.)

Get me off of your mailing list before I file charges for harrassment!
(First email I had received in regard to removal.)

And those are just a few. It is discouraging to receive such an email and I think that those people who send them intend for them to be discouraging and are trying their best to be rude and obnoxious. I have actually received very nice unsubscribe emails from someone who was Jewish and another person who said they did not believe in God.

I think a good question for all of us may be whether we think it is okay to be rude to someone that we know is a Christian? We would never think of acting that way to someone who is lost but if a fellow believer happens to believe a certain doctrine a little differently than us or states something in a way that we would not do we then think they are fair game for our rudeness?