Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Be Careful Little Eyes, What You See

A facebook post was recently brought to my attention, made by a relative of mine. (I only see posts if they appear on my page when I click on to facebook. I simply don't have time to check individual pages of anyone. So I would have missed this. And perhaps I should have.)

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.....
Warmest Blessings,

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. 


Linore Burkard said...

Someone may ask, "How can you expect people to go to God if they don't believe He exists?"
Here's my reply: Everyone knows deep down inside that God IS. They may argue about whether the living God is the one revealed in Scripture, but there are really few true atheists. And there are NO dead ones.

chaplaindebbie said...

That is so sad, Linore, and I can totally relate. I have a nephew that truly hates me and my family because of our faith.(and his mom is saved; go figure) He unfriended us on Facebook to where we can no longer see his posts. Which is good, because I guess he still says some pretty bad things about us now and then. So, I will pray for your unsaved loved ones and you pray for mine. I must admit, I had a really hard time not responding to my nephews posts before he unfriended me. God held back my hands from typing....of this I am sure. God bless you, my friend. Hugs.

Linore Burkard said...

Wow, I guess this is probably common nowadays for Christians. The culture has become so secular and kids aren't taught the truth about so many things, like the THEORY of evolution. (A false religion, to be sure, and taught as gospel truth.) Anyway, thank you Debbie, and yes, I will pray for your family, too, especially your nephew. Thanks for sharing.