Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bible thumping on Facebook

Yesterday I concluded my blog post with “Who knows, I could be sitting here a millionaire”.  To Alex, who wondered how the Lotto went I can say .... lightly stick tongue between lips and say prrrrrrr.  Translation ... I’m as poor today as I was yesterday.  So I guess it’s back to work for me on Monday.

How long have I been playing Lotto?  Years.  I always play with the same numbers, birthdays in combination with car number of NASCAR drivers.  The positive side of always playing with the same number is that I don’t have to think about them, I know them by heart.  The negative side is, should I ever skip a week of playing and my numbers come up, I’m going to kick myself from here to kingdom come.

Speaking of kingdom come ... had some aggravation on Facebook today.  Dawn K posted the following message ...

To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: "Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz." While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don't settle for any of his relatives; Broke-az, Po-az, Lyin-az, Cheating-az, Dumb-az, Drunk-az, Cheap-az, Lockedup-az, , Goodfornothingaz, Lazyaz, and especially his third cousin Beatinyouaz. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Yoaz.

If you ask me, Dawn is not exactly in touch with current affairs.  If she was she would know that girls are not nearly as much in a hurry to get married as they used to be.  These days girls use their head and live with the guy first to see how things work.  You could say they’re taking their boyfriends for a test drive.
All things considered a smart move.  Would you buy a car without taking it for a drive first? 

Dawn didn’t like my comment.  I didn’t see anything wrong with it, especially since she listed all the mistakes a girl can make. 

All in all I don’t like people, and it’s usually women, who make religious postings.  There’s a time and a place for everything and Facebook is not the place to preach.  I used to have a friend who was a reverend and never in all the years that I knew him did we talk about religion.  He researched and wrote his sermons in his study; he preached in his church; he gave guidance to those who sought it; but he never pushed his religion on anyone.

Dawn K along with her Bible thumping, pillar biting women could learn a thing or two from him.


  1. Hmmmm, while you have a valid rant from your view point, I wonder where do I fit in. I agree... dishing out free lectures and sermons using Facebook is like taking advantage of this platform. It also led me to think of myself as in... 'do I do the same thing with the way I approach people?' I've had an evangelist friend (who called himself an evangelist) and used to take advantage of my page.. sending me messages such as "Mandy, you are a Catholic and Catholics are whores according to Revelations." Heck.... a Christian Evangelist???? When I put my foot down, he said it was for my own good that I had to be taught. Click... Unfriended. And that was the end of his harassment on my page. I know religion and religious preaching can be a bone of contention, and thats why for me I prefer to stay to the different prayer groups for such discussions and posts. But if you see me with a similar approach as in preaching on FB, by all means.. give me a good kick on the butt and say 'Hey Mandy, wake up from your pedestal." I will step down, you know. :)))

  2. As a christian woman I have a point that will not make me a popular person on this page. Conny, feel free to delete this post. I try not to use my facebook account as a platform to "preach" my beliefs. However there has been times when I have put a bible verse in mine and once in a while I feel there are things that at times have to be said.
    However I will say this, I wish I had "listened" to my aunt and uncle who have the same beliefs as the other woman. Maybe then I would not have got a std.
    Again feel free to delete this post.

  3. I won't delete your post Carol, because everyone is entitled to their opinion. Which is exactly what Dawn K disagreed with.

  4. Conny.... I look at this above issue with two views or rather from two angles.

    1. Like Carol here has mentioned, there are times we will post verses or Scripture on our pages, or Biblical references. Take note though - this is on our personal pages. Each one is free to post their belief and creed. And the reader may either accept or reject it, which is entirely according to their wish. I personally have 'hidden' posts which are related to horoscopes and astrology that people tag me in or send me, as I do not believe in them, nor do I encourage people to read it when they check out my page. So I hide them; not necessarily hide the sender.

    2. Now the next part is... when I see a post by someone , either from their page or who has a differing view point, like you obviously differed with Dawn and vice versa. I have the option to either enter into a discussion with that person about it, or I can simply stay out of the conversation. If I do enter the conversation; there is one rule that I try to always tell myself - 'Respect the other's view point, even if I do not necessarily believe it'. So my replies too will have to be based on respect with a agreement to disagree respectfully. Nothing stems from no where. Sometimes people put things on their pages out of deep belief in Scripture. I for one, begin and end my day with prayer, and there are weird messages that I get, that you would definitely call 'old fashioned'. But as long as I do not splash these messages all over YOUR page, or try to shove my messages down your throat, then I am free to also post them on my page and see how others can interpret these ideas that come to mind. IF others show any form of disrespect towards my religious views on MY page, then I draw the line. I will either call them out for it and let them know thy're being bullies, or I will simply block them from my page.

    Each one's creed is a driving force in their lives... BUT - if respect isn't shown towards another then it is 'bashing around in the name of religion', especially when it takes into account public pages, group posts, and another's status message.

  5. I did see the post Conny is referring to and what bothers me more is that this person claims to be a Christian, then links to someone's name and calls him the A word publicly - in the name of the Bible. But, to each their own I guess.

  6. Thank you Alex, that is exactly what I meant.
    She also conveniently doesn't mention that Ruth lives longer than is the norm today, so she could afford to wait. Then there is the men vs. women ratio ... back in the day, men might have outnumbered the women, so they could pick and chose. Last but not least, in the book of Ruth there is mention of a mother in law, which would imply that Ruth was married before she met Boaz.