Sunday, April 16, 2017

Are you pagan or are you Christian?

Based on the title,  you should be able to figure out what I'm going to talk about.  But first, let me give some background about why I'm fling to expound on this subject.
It started Thursday when I went to pick my seven year old up from school, sms watched the teachers dump plastic eggs on the school lawn, while it was raining.   It was at that moment that I thought to myself.   Why am I allowing my child to participate in a pagan ceremony at a public school?
Now,  before you get offended, I'm using the general term for pagan,  which is any religion other than Christianity.  
After talking a deep breath,  I realized that until my child chooses his own path,  he can believe in the Easter bunny and gather eggs.  
That was compounded on Friday, when my wife bought my kids easter gift baskets.   Since when did easter become a holiday for giving gifts?   Again I chalked it up some obscure pagan ceremony.

However, that understanding doesn't extend to what I saw in a Christian church this morning.   When I went to pick up my children from a Sunday school class, my children came out of class with small bags of Easter eggs in their hands.
Now went in the world would a Christian church bring symbols of a pagan religion into their place of worship?  

Knowing the history of the early Christian church, I understand that they used the symbols of the pagan religions in an effort to entice the followers of the older religions that our God was their god.   However, that very practice would have earned them a lecture from Jesus and it would have very similar to,  "We are of this world,  but we don't need to be like the rest of the world. " 
This doesn't just pertain to easter, but also Christmas.  

If you are going to call yourself Christian, keep your place of worship clear of pagan symbols.  
If you are going to participate in pagan ceremonies,  then don't call yourself Christian.
Christ said it best,  "You can't serve two masters.  You will come to loveone more than the other,  and hate one more than the other. "

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Don't believe everything you see on social media

The other day,  I posted one of those "Your Senior year" mini surveys.  One of the questions was,  "Do you know where your high school sweetheart is now.?"
I answered in a somewhat cryptic fashion.  "I didn't really have a sweetheart,  but my crush is now married to a former squid who works for a company that throws things into orbit. "
Of course, my crush knew who she was, and answered,  "Your wife is one blessed lady...... God knew you didn't need a crush..... God knew you needed something much more special: Someone who loves you to the moon and back just because you were and are YOU!!! (And you had/have the best example of what true love looks like from your mom and dad!....... just like your kiddos will be able to say the same thing about you and your amazing wife!) 😊"
I've never once attended a class reunion,  nor have I really spoken to my former classmates.  The only reason we know each other are alive is because of Facebook.  
I don't really post updates about my family, save for the rare sports event that I get to attend,  or the rare comic convention that I go to with my kids. 
Most of the pictures of my kids comes from the times when my wife tags me in pictures, so that my friends know that I have kids.  There are very few pictures of my wife and I together (and those were taken when we were dating and at our wedding. ) 
So, based upon those pictures of my smiling kids,  my high school crush thinks that I have a wonderful "White Christmas" type of life.

My reality is somewhat different.   I work 48 to 50 hours a week,  I have to scrape for money, and I get to go out and have fun maybe once a year.   My wife hasn't shown any real affection to me in 7 years.  My wife's sister lives with us and is constantly sniping at me, and all I want to do is treat her like the bitch she acts like.  

So, the moral of the story is: Don't believe everything you read on Facebook.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Life is by no means fair

I get so sick of hearing someone say,  "That isn't fair. "  Everytime I hear that phrase,  I want to reach out and ring someone's bell.
After I roll my eyes back into the back of my skull,  I want so badly to say,  "You think life isn't fair?   Let me tell you how unfair life is.   I'm married to a woman (that I love, ) that I feel treats me badly.   I work 48 hours a week and I have nothing to show for it.   I make what's supposed to be a good wage, but after the government takes a quarter,  and insurance tales a quarter,  and rent/food/gas takes its share,  I don't do anything but go to work, go home to sleep, go back to work and sit at home for 4 days because I can't afford to go anywhere. "
My lovely wife goes out to weekly night out with her friends (I don't have time to go out our have friends).  I eat two meals a day at work and come home to left overs.   I don't get to go out and eat,  I don't get to go to movies,  and I don't get to spend money just to have fun.
I get told that my money goes toward rent,  utilities, food, and living expenses. 

Is it any reason that I feel nobody cares about me, and I feel alone in my own home?

So yes, life sucks,  get over it.  I don't care.