Off-Topic and Religion Related

12 06 2008

Ugh, I don’t like using this for overly personal reason, but I’m effing annoyed as hell and need to share it with someone.  Anyone.

Warning: Discussion of religion to follow.  So if you’re a person of faith (ANY faith) and tend to be close-minded and judgmental (which is another topic in itself), please either refrain from reading this or refrain from commenting.


My mother is a wonderful woman with an addiction to chain emails.  🙂  Yesterday she sent me one with the subject of “Prayer for Barack”  or something like that.  I generally open them all, because…I’m quite often bored.  I open this one.  It’s just a general Christian chain email with prayers, Bible passages and such.  I noticed that a random stranger had commented on the fact that this email had been sent using several different business/organization email addresses.  He made a silly comment about organizations not promoting a single candidate and I replied (accidentally…oops) to all on this chain mail about how that was an unnecessary and silly comment to make.  This opened the “holier-than-thou” floodgates.

I’m a huge believer in the power of religious convictions.  I mean, with the state of the US and world, how could you not?  Even the most adamant atheist would have to say that religious beliefs have power in people’s lives.  However, I’m also a huge believer in religion being a personal experience and journey.  Well, the people on this email list OBVIOUSLY don’t think that way because for the entire day, I have been deleting email messages sent to me about how God’s love could help me, Bible passages about the power of prayer…blah, blah, blah.  I’m sick of people assuming that I should think a certain way about religion because I’m black, or I was raised Methodist or a whole slew of other ways people can classify me.  My personal religious journey—which is still happening to this very moment—is just that: PERSONAL.  And I just wish that everyone else could respect that.  If you, as a Christian, would like for me to “live in God’s light” or “see the beauty of His works” then hopefully, all I have to do is look at your life and see how wonderful it is.  I don’t need for you to shove anything down my throat or into my brain.  Just lead by example.  That should be persuasion enough, right?  You as a Christian should be the best billboard for His goodwill and blessings.
This whole stupid situation was started because, yet again, I forgot that the whole world is filled with closed-minded individuals and being able to make a comment about anything is forbidden.  AAAAAAAAAA!  My comment wasn’t even about Christianity or the prayer, or anything religious.  I just spoke my mind to the wrong crowd.

Or I can just chalk it up to the fact that the man who made that pointless remark is a McCain supporter.

I’m done.  No more personal tirades for awhile.  Promise.




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