Tears spring to Suzonne Smith's eyes when she talks about her effort to distribute Pittsburgh-themed New Testaments to Allegheny County residents.
"It's our hope that God's word will transform and change lives and the whole city will be impacted," said the Sewickley resident, who with her husband, Tom, is co-chair of CityReachers Pittsburgh.
If all goes according to plan, on Sept. 7 when Allegheny County subscribers to the Post-Gazette unwrap their Sunday paper, they will find a New Testament in an advertising pouch like those used for sample soaps or cereals.
Tears spring to my eyes too, when I think of the massive amounts of trash likely to be generated by this effort. By their own account, they expect reverential treatment of the free Bibles by about 36,000 people. This means the paper and ink spent on printing about 214,000 are wasted ( translating to $418,000 in printing costs and another $100,000 or so in delivery costs.) My, my, these people have about half a million dollars to waste on trying to bring salvation to a grand total of maybe 14% of the target population. Hallelujah!
( And I just must borrow Hillary Clinton's lines here, they are too apt not to use : "the sky will open, the light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing" .... and the world will become a happier place for all the people receiving the bible with their morning paper and coffee.)
Now if we could just see similar outreaches putting a mini-Koran or mini-Torah or mini-Geeta in everybody's daily paper, we could simultaneously deforest all the Canadian pine forests and hasten the Apocalypse or Qayamat or the end of Kaliyuga or whatever you wish to call your version of the end-times!