I am a Christian. I go to church, I respect people, I do my best to put everyone before myself and always do favors for people that need them, I enjoy it, and it is satisfying for all parties. However, I am not gullible, and I am the most skeptical person you'll ever meet (save the "how ironic, coming from a Christian" jokes, hardy har har).
So on Monday I get a text from a girl that goes to my college aged Bible Study group. She looks just like Anna Kendrick & most would find her very cute, (but unfortunately I'm not attracted to white girls for some strange reason) and about a year ago we talked a bit & I could tell she was interested, but I was straight up with her that the feeling wasn't mutual, in the most respectful manner possible. This was the first text I had gotten from her since then, & out of the blue she asks if I want to get coffee at some local coffee shop way across town. I don't like coffee, I don't really even like her, I don't like waking up early during Spring Break to drive across town, but I decided to accept brcause I didn't have any plans & wanted to avoid making up a lie to get out of an innocent coffee break. In essence I was trying to be a good person by going.
I get there and we make pointless small talk for ten minutes & then she tells me about this thing she's been "working on" and "praying about" for months. I'm intrigued at this point, because I can always respect hard work. She then pulls out her iPad and pulls up a 15 MINUTE video on YouTube. 30 seconds in I realized it was a thinly veiled pyramid scheme masked under the guise of giving "regular people their dream vacation!". The video is such utter BS I wanted to gag, but I smiled politely as I felt her retinas burn holes into my cheeks trying to gauge my reaction. 13 minutes of watching people take backflips into exotic beaches in Europe and then here comes the inevitable pitch "join up for a minor $200 initial fee and $60 per month subscription!". Finally the video ends & then I realize I have to find out if she's already been sucked in or not. Because if she's already signed up I don't want to make her feel bad claiming she's throwing away her money, etc.
Then she pulls out her phone and calls her pitchman! I literally took the phone out of her hand and pushed the END button. I'm a good person but I don't need to waste any more time trying to be pitched a scam. I told her I really need to Google the company etc to find out more info & she says "oh don't do that, there are lots of mean people saying bad things about it...they're probably jealous they're missing out" I was thinking "girl...are you for real? That wasn't enough to turn you off?" but outside I just said "oh yeah I know....people on the Internet are terrible" (best I could come up with)
I ask her how she found the company & she says she searched "#GodIsGood" on instagram and found her pitchman & then he struck up a conversation with her and brought her in as one of the bricks below him on the pyramid. She literally had the gall to tell me that she just KNEW it was a sign from God because of the hashtag. Are you reading the same Bible I am? Because nowhere does it say God sends signs thru hashtags on Instagram. I tell her straight up, "you tend to magically only find signs when you're looking for one".
I am a faithful Christian, but to be honest all these "signs" are nonsense. If they are a catalyst to make you into a better person, or to steer your life in a certain way, then awesome! I'm excited for you. You call it a "sign", I call it "coincidence", but thats irelevant, I am happy for you regardless. But if you think God is sending you a "sign" to join a pyramid scheme then I am sorry but you are just stupid and gullible. Pretty sure God has better things to do than make 19 year old girls throw away their money.
If you want to join a get rich quick scheme then go for it, but 2 quick things:
Don't you dare try and pitch me without telling me ahead of time what your intentions are.
Do NOT bring God into this. This is just you, you're dumb. I'm sorry.
EDIT: Forgot to mention the company, I believe it was called World Ventures. It's one of the worse ones I've seen, you'll literally sink $920 into the company over the course of a year