Be Careful Little Eyes
I have a terrible penchant for responding to things, even when I don't want to. I take a shower and suddenly I'm putting together a reply in my head; I wait in line, or go to bed at night, and there it is again: I have to answer! (And thus, the quote from that old Sunday school hymn, "Be Careful Little Eyes, What You See.) This post is a case in point: I wish I'd never seen it, because then I could have happily ignored the need to respond.
Here's what it said: (I'm quoting from memory, but I've definitely got the gist of it);
"I love my family!!! But I have some right wing Christian relatives who make me want to kick their teeth in! There is no God, so please don't waste my brain cells!"
Being ME--meaning I can't help but to begin a response, my first thought ( I must confess) was something like this:
Really? Was that brain cell number one or brain cell number two? If you happen to find brain cell number three, tell it to connect with your heart before deciding upon spiritual matters. It's only from the heart that we can know God, even though he assuredly engages our intellect as well......blah, blah, blah.
OK, that's not a nice answer, I thought. So I moved on to what I hoped was a better response:
"Methinks the lady doth protest too much." Your problem (dear niece) is not with me or any other right wing Christian, but with God Himself. When was the last time you had a heart-to-heart with your Creator? I'm sorry you feel so angry and bitter--truly, I'm sorry for you as well as saddened by you--but really. Your contention is not between me and you, or us and you--it is between you and God.
But what if she's not familiar with MacBeth? (from which the "lady protesting" line comes.) And what if she refuses to take her angst to God? Well, there's nothing I can do about that.
Perhaps my response is still too snarky. (I did NOT post this to fb beneath her post for that reason.) But have you noticed this? People love to spout off against God without actually going to Him at all. Blaming the messenger, so to speak. And what do they blame us for? For insisting that morality matters, that abortion is murder, and that homosexuality is an offense and an abomination (not my words, by the way. It's what the Bible teaches.)
I stand unapologetic about all of the above. In fact, it delights me that God is a God of morality and justice. That he loves LIFE, goodness, healthy families and healthy marriages. I love the Lord!
I am not angry at my niece--grieved, perhaps, would be closer to the truth. Despite her wanting to kick me in the teeth, I have no such inclination or desire to do the same to her.
I'd love to give her a hug, though. I'd especially love to welcome her with that hug into the family of God! Would you join me in praying for the members of my family who don't know their God?
Thanks for listening and especially for your prayers.....
PS: As always, I have a book giveaway going on, and any comment entitles you to an entry for the drawing.
The book this week is 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas. Even if you get it a little late to implement its ideas for this year, you'll have all year to plan ahead for next.