I might have an explanation for Christians believing that there is a war going on on Christmas, and it goes beyond just the air of political correctness that is currently lingering like the proximity to a garbage dump. I think people have just bought into stupidity via proxy. If a talking head is outraged, well, so should you! More so if the person claims to be something you are.
I am not talking about just the latest insanity over overpriced coffee. It baffles my mind that there are people out there that actually believe that there is a war on Christmas and also a war on Christianity as a whole. I do know people that in the bottom of their hearts think that Muslims are taking over and we “as Christians” should reproduce to take the balance back! That at least is something I can find some positive spin on because it leads to more shagging.
Ignoring most of this stuff has become almost a past time for me. I see how many post I can stand before I hide someone from my feed. I can stomach about 3 post and then un-follow. So my life is pretty boring since most of those voices have been muted. I am no authority in the matter of Christianity ever since I totally forgot about lent one year (too much work I suppose and not enough visits to actual church) and I ate mean on a Friday. Instead of inspiring the usual Catholic guilt, it made me say “well, wasn’t the tradition pretty much an economic/political move by a pope?”
My Christian walk since then has been full of bumps. And recently the birth of “tiny tyrant” has re-sparked my interest on the divine and providence and even full on Catholicism.
Enter our family adopting two wonderful new pups. A very interesting story on its own, they were already more famous than I could ever be at barely two weeks old.
We decided to adopt the pups and in trying to decide on names with opted for 2 names that started with N. Nala and Nero. Easy to pronounce, somewhat distinct sounding but still similar. There was thought put into it but no nefarious intentions. I did not want to piss someone off.
The dogs were being fostered by a volunteer, we have since become friends since they also have a daughter and are transplants to the area. They are exceptionally nice people.
The day before the adoption was final I went to the Great Plains SPCA location where they were first dropped off and paid the fees. I also wanted to buy some things from their store to support them a bit so I got collars and tags from them. I then happily posted it on facebook, as you do with anything that you want to brag about and I tagged the foster mom. Never in a million years did I think I was going to get the response I got from one of their friends.
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Interesting choice of name in Nero, Biblically speaking, with its implications.
John Guzman I don’t remember Nero being in the bible at all… just the emperor that is blamed for burning down Rome. We will keep a eye on Nero for sure, but I think Nala will be the trouble maker.
Not going to lie, I was a little concerned that the foster Mom was going to freak out about us adopting the dogs if I went all out on responding to the dude. So I held back. Now that we have the pups and I was able to determine that this guy was just an acquaintance and not a friend I can vent.
See, that dude is the problem with Christianity in this country. Christianity in the way I was thought was more about accepting others and kindness than being right. Today, even naming a dog can be considered a trespass to some of these crazy people because well, he killed Christians… therefore you are naming your dog Christian Killer. Like seriously, who is up at 4 AM in the morning trolling facebook to make religious arguments about how a dog is name. That is way beyond me.
The dog is actually named Nero after Nero Wolfe the detective. Not quite called Batman but close, right? The only fear I have is that he might burn down the house. Well no, not really.
So fellow Christians, if you have never met or interacted with a person before; what makes you think that starting a argument with them about religion is going to do to their perception of other fellow Christians?