God may love you, but I can’t speak for the rest of the office

October 16th, 2011 · 63 comments

Various religious-themed notes have been popping up all over our submitter’s workplace in Phoenix, Arizona. “Several co-workers have found these messages in their offices, stuck in between papers, and written on whiteboards,” she says, but so far no one has come forward to claim authorship.

One of most recent notes showed up in the office kitchen one morning.

God Loves Your, Your [sic] Important to him, and you have Value in his Kingdom. —God Bless

Another note turned up beside it sometime after lunch.

God Loves Your, Your [sic] Important to him, and you have Value in his Kingdom. —God Bless Poor grammar has no place in the Lord's Kingdom. :)

related: There you go, bringing Him into it again.

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63 responses so far ↓

  • #1   phatBoy

    your so right!!

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Nunavut Guy

      Irony!Well played sir.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Canthz_B bang

    And the Lord said, “Let there be Lite, and God drank the Lite and it was good, so God had a few more and got His first DWI (Designing Worlds Intoxicated) charge .”

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Allie

      If he was intoxicated, that would explain a few things.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Canthz_B bang

      The platypus for one.

      I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if “platypus” is Latin for “spare parts”!

      Oct 18, 2011 at 1:03 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Dianth

    I see they are keepin’ it classy and the point is to be hatin’ on Christians.

    Oct 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Marnie

      I would say the person proselytizing at work is far ruder than the person making light of the situation.

      Oct 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 131  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Dalamara

      My last boss was a nice Christian lady, but she had a bad habit of forwarding her empolyees religious emails, which of course did not sit well with the office athiest.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 12:07 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   bookworm

      Keep the preaching at church and you won’t feel so “persecuted.”

      Oct 17, 2011 at 8:44 am   rating: 56  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Tristan

    I think the point is to be pointing out grammar issues…

    The inappropriateness of posting religious material in an office isn’t even discussed.

    Oct 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   noitangiser

    Witty, somewhat passive aggressive notes, are welcome in the Lord’s Kingdom.

    Oct 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Me

      …But not the office.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 12:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   qua

    Since Fri the 21 of Oct 2011 is the Rapture Date IAW the Rev. Camping, There are just getting you ready to Move on out

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Rae

    Correcting someone’s grammar isn’t “hatin’ on Christians.” While the second note may be making light of the situation, it isn’t an unreasonable point that God gave us our brains for a reason, and it is shameful not to use them.

    It drives me up the wall when people mix up ‘your’ and ‘you’re’, as does using the wrong ‘to’ ‘too’ or ‘two’. I feel like people who make such mistakes should be sent back to re-take middle school English classes.

    I’m tired of people blaming being corrected or reprimanded on being Christian, or black, or poor, or whatever. How about if you are wrong, you should appreciate someone pointing out your mistakes so that you might fix them, and stop saying people are being bigoted against you and remaining ignorant in order to ‘spite’ them?

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm   rating: 68  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Canthz_B bang

      Gahhh! I HATE “Your welcome.” If the welcome is already mine, just what are you offering me? If I’m welcome to whatever you’ve given me, you should be saying “You are welcome to what I’ve given.”…”You’re welcome” in short.

      FOR PETE’S SAKE!!! STOP THIS ERROR!!!

      Ur welcome. ;-)

      Oct 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   kermit

      May I add raNdoM capitalizations to your list of grievances, because it’s definitely on my list of grievances. There’s no need to randomly capitalize letters, damn it!

      Oct 17, 2011 at 7:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   unsatisfied

      asssss weeellll assss uuusssinnngg eeeexxxxxxxxxxxttrrraaaa llllleettttteeeeerrrrrsss iiinnnn ssssuuucccchhhh ttttthhhhiinnnnggggs aaaaasssss aaaaa ffffaaacccceeebbbbooookkkkkkk sssssttttaaattttusssssss….

      Oct 17, 2011 at 10:46 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   kermit

      Absolutely, Unsatisfied.

      And may I add the excessive use of ellipses…like…you..are…leaving…crumbs…to…find…your…thoughts….while…
      you’re…punctuating…with…LOLs…and/or….ROTFL. Under no circumstances should this be acceptable past the age of 13.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 11:33 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Palomon

      I got your welcome, right here.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   Ellipsis Police

      We want Jimmy James to weigh in on this … He’s good at Scripture …

      Oct 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   KarenW

      In this case, the poor grammar caused some confusion for me. I was reading it as “Your (smile) is important to him.”

      Oct 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   snee

    post-it proselytizing? perfectly pompous.

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Canthz_B bang

      Actively alliterating all autumn as always, amigo?

      Oct 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Canthz_B bang

    God’s love is in the note.

    The Devil is in the details.

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   juju_skittles

    Shouldn’t Him and His have capitals? Golly! WWJD?

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:00 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Palomon

      He’d get his apostrophes together for dinner.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 2:51 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   park rose

      Betrayed by a list? Wait, that’s the old semi-colon/colon conundrum.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 9:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Palomon

      Shouldn’t “Him” and “His” have quotation marks?

      Oct 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   bamboocurl

    It’ll be hard to figure out who it is since at least two people in that office have the same handwriting.

    Or maybe it’s a case of multiple personalities? That sounds more fun.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:39 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Dr_Know

      The handwriting is different…check out the ‘h’ & ‘m’s.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 4:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   unsatisfied

      perhaps the proselytizer is possessed.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 10:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   twocents

    I’m an atheist, never Christian. Poor spelling and grammar also irritate me. However, this was a kind-spirited note, and sort of a mean-spirited response. I have taught myself to stop freaking out about how terrible grammar and spelling can get. The internet proves that it’s a losing battle. This is sort of weak stuff for PAN. How many times are “your” and “you’re” switched in a day? Boring. And I think THAT’S why it’s come down to religion in the comments so quickly– we all know it can always go there. Would it have been such a snarky response if it were a secular “Your appreciated” post-it of encouragement? Sharing religious love is about the nicest thing a religious person can think to do. And a lot of denominations preach evangelism (something I heartily dislike, but that’s really another argument). As far as tactics go, at least this is a pleasant one. I’d rather make fun of people who are, under no uncertain terms, asking for it. I know I don’t get offended if someone tells me to “Have a bless(ed) day.” Visibility is great for us, but pick your battles, seculars. You’ll make us look like jerkfaces.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:39 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   SilentPsycho

      I have to disagree about this one. To me, it’s a condescending type of note, made worse by the fact that whoever wrote these notes went so far as to place them on people’s desks, in between their work papers, and on their whiteboards. I don’t go round their personal workspace with random notes expressing my ‘love’ – if I’m going to compliment someone, I’m going to do it in person, preferably from the heart, with no reference to a third person who they may or may not believe exists.

      Also, if this was a secular note, I’d still get annoyed. A non-personal note with no specific meaning from someone who knows nothing about you just feels like whoever wrote the note got a kick out of ‘being nice’ without putting any effort in, rather than actually making someone else happy.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 4:18 am   rating: 54  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   kermit

      To me the note sounds condescending and PA simply because it just sounds like a sneaky way of pointing out the note receiver is incompetent at their job. As in, “cheer up, you have value in His kingdom but definitely not at this work place!”

      Oct 17, 2011 at 6:53 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   bookworm

      Sharing religious love and offering to pray for me are about the most insulting things a religious person could do. Please stop expecting others to walk around you on eggshells if you can’t be bothered to respect their views on religion as well.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 8:48 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   park rose

      The your/you’re, and to/too/two, and its/it’s can be easy mistakes to/too/two make when you’re typing something on the fly (the damn thing wriggles so much!).

      But all capital joshing aside, old chaps, my brother has signed his letters “I hope your well”, for as long as he’s written letters. I did point out the difference between your and you’re, and he would’ve learnt it at school, and at home, yet, it’s one habit which has stuck. Of course, the missing letters are not the ‘re’ indicating ‘are’, but “at the bottom of the”. Though it still needs an ‘re’, come to think of it. Siblings. A special kind of love.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 9:27 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   kermit

      No offense, Bookworm but many people don’t go around advertising their religious beliefs. So unless you know people well, you have no idea what they believe.

      To be offended that some religious person is offering to pray for you is just as silly as being offended that a person is saying “Happy Holidays!” instead of “Merry Christmas!”.

      And for what it’s worth, I think the note would have been equally condescending if it had said “you have value at home to your family / pets” instead.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 11:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.6   Shini

      It is insulting because there is often an undertone of “You’ll need it, you godless heathen.” – least every time someone has offered to pray for me.

      And that comment usually shot out in response to a polite ‘No, I’m not religious/not Christian’ when I decline to go to services/listen to a door-to-door evangelist/donate to a charity (I prefer to research a charity so I know the money goes to the right place).

      Oct 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.7   Andrea

      I have a problem with people doing this in the work place. It is not professional. It is usually against company policy to go around doing this sort of thing. It can be considered to be offensive by coworkers and cause for filing discrimination complaints.

      The person who made the note may have good intentions, but, they need to learn when this sort of thing is appropriate. It is not appropriate in the work place.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.8   bookworm

      Kermit, I have had people tell me about their religious affiliations and then offer to pray for me after finding out I don’t share those beliefs. So unless you know my every experience, I don’t think it’s quite correct for you to say that most religious people don’t do that. That’s you applying a blanket statement after assuming that my statement was blanket as well.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.9   Sher

      From: Sherlock Holmes

      Look, here, Watson … It appears to be a Random Act of Christian

      Oct 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.10   RP

      OK, first of all, it’s not like the United States is made up solely of Atheists and Christians. There’s no reason to assume that the grammar post it came from someone who’s secular. Perhaps there’s a Jewish (or Muslim or Buddhist or etc.) who’s tired of finding notes about how much they need Jesus on their desk.

      Secondly, I don’t want anyone rifling around in my desk for *any* reason much less so someone can attempt to convert me.

      Third, Andrea is absolutely right. Unless this person wants to deal with harassment claims they need to knock it off.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 11:16 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.11   The Elf

      Oh, Park Rose, isn’t it strange how brothers can create the best pet peeves? I probably wouldn’t be so irritated by poor grammar if my brother didn’t send me uncapitalized, nonpunctuated, and poorly spelled missives all the time. For a while, I sent them back corrected. Now I just ignore them. I’m that kind of annoying sister. He probably has a pet peeve about people who get upset about grammar.

      Oct 19, 2011 at 8:31 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   bamboocurl

    “God loves you. Your smiling face is important to him, and you have value in his kingdom.”

    I see no poor grammar here.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Jessi

      Interpreting the note the way you are, it actually reads:

      “God Loves you, Your smiling face Important to him, and you have Value in his Kingdom. – God Bless”

      Do you see the poor grammar now?

      Oct 17, 2011 at 3:05 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   park rose

      She can’t help it. She never did recover from the Great Depression.

      Oct 17, 2011 at 9:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   bookworm

    My important to his kingdom? Then I’m afraid he’s going to have to miss out.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 8:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   PANs_Labyrinth bang

    “God hates PANs” -billboard near Bon Temps, La.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 8:55 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   divaandwriter bang

    I think that the original post-it-note evangelizer means well, and probably thinks that he/she is doing valuable work in spreading the Gospel and making people feel good. Hopefully, this person will come to realize that the worst way to spread ANY message is to cram it down people’s throats, especially when using cliches and bad grammar.

    I believe in this message, and even I find this approach irritating as hell.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:29 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Juniper

    Wow- chill pill people. None of it is hating. The second note is just funny. It’s got a smilie for Lord’s sake (lol).

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:34 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   garicgymro

    I’m constantly surprised that so many people are so prepared to correct other people, without themselves knowing the difference between grammar and spelling.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Palomon

      …or, among grammar, spelling and punctuation.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 12:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   Palomon

      Not that I judge. I’ve been stung by the Language Police more than once. I also leave snarky notes to people who make mistakes in their own snarkiness. Layer upon layer of hypocrisy! I’m a trypocrit.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 12:39 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    ♫ Jesus loves me this I know,
    ’cause the Post-it tells me so. ♫

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:17 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Yolanda

    Some people wouldn’t stop at preaching to the Parson just to prove they’re really devout without having to actually follow the religion’s rules. My spiritual self walks alongside me every day of my life, but it’s nobody’s business but my own.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:35 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   unsatisfied

    God loves you, too. everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:50 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   rainbow brite's boyfriend

    It kinda creeps me out that someone is waging an anonymous note campaign around the office. I don’t trust Post-It smiley faces.

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    What red-blooded, patriotic American would want to spend eternity in a kingdom?

    Oct 18, 2011 at 12:24 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   RP

      I can’t possibly be the only person who got that.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 11:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Canthz_B bang

    Christians being persecuted? Really? Where does either note mention Jesus?
    Or are you just acknowledging that leaving this type of note in the workplace probably isn’t kosher?

    Oct 18, 2011 at 12:39 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Palomon

      There is an encoded message in the second note that reads “Lion.” The 18th character, the “L” in “place,” then the “i” in “in,” then the “o” and “n” in “kingdom.” We all know about the shaky relationship Christianity had with lions in the early days. Clearly, this second note is hateful. Passive, aggressive, hateful and fiendishly cryptic.

      Oct 18, 2011 at 12:48 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   glowing halo

    But OF COURSE does poor grammar have a place in the Lord’s Kingdom, according to the bible entry is easier for the illiterate and ill-educated!

    Oct 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Tours in Venice

    LOL! I can’t believe that there was no rebuttal to that.

    Nov 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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