My last posting about Providential Interference sparked several comments, most of which I posted. Two of them were right on the edge of what I would be willing to accept as comments. Eric and Mike took some exception to what I posted. No need to repeat them here.One was sarcastic and one was spot on rude. You can read the comments and my response under them.
Mike however really got my hackles up. If you want to “tick the chick” off, you can accomplish it in one of two ways: Name call and offend the Lord. He did both. I can certainly understand his pain if some close friend of his perished in a horrible gun accident, but dont be mad at God (or me for that matter)..be mad at the idiot who was brandishing the gun. Playing with guns and pointing them towards anybody is stupid on every level. God gave us the brains to make good decisions and bad decisions. He is not going to keep us from doing dumb things 100% of the time anymore than he has preserved me from every single car accident….just this one. There are hundreds of times in my life where things have happened that I dont like, want to accept, or understand. I dont like wars. I dont like seeing soldiers with their appendages blown off. I dont like to see hungry or sick children, I dont like to see homeless families. I didnt like to see one of my dear friends blow his brains all over his bedroom. I dont like or understand ANY of it. But as I said in my comment, we live in a broken world. Good and Bad exist. I hate the bad and love the good, but I have to exist with them both.
Why does God allow it? I dont have the perfect answer but this: Our world is broken and we are broken sinful people. I do not buy into the opinion that humans are “generally good”. Good needs to be learned..if you question that statement..take a look at any toddler..they dont have to be taught to be bad..it just comes naturally. A parent has to work long and hard to teach his/her child to be GOOD. As long as sin exists in this world then there will be pain, suffering, death, destruction, and questions unanswered.
That being said, this is my blog. In this media I have to answer to nobody. I dont have to please a stockholder, a boss, an editor or a publisher. I am IT. I write it for my pleasure and for the entertainment of those who elect to read it. I dont force anybody to read it. Even Mr Chick, has the option to read or not read it. I never ask him to read certain posts…and only occasionally does he sit down play on his computer anyway.
I appreciate every single reader to chooses to read my blog. I am amazed that as many people DO read it! If you read me regularily, you know I am a retail pharmacist and most of my postings are of that genre. I am also a lover of Jesus, Coke, Golf, tennis, quilting, playing the piano, and crochet. Occasionally I post faith stories, general stories of my childhood or my family, but over 90% of my posts are about pharmacy. I never post politically related stuff because I am generally disinterested in politics.
I also have my favorite blogs that I read and enjoy. Nobody forces me to read them. If I read a blogger whose interests aren’t mine or I find offensive I just quit reading him/her. I am not going to blast them in a comment and tell them to bugger off. To me that is like walking into a person’s home and then insulting their decor. Its rude.
I also do not expect every one of my readers to share all my views, however. Some of my readers are Christians, some are Jewish, some are of no faith at all. If those do not like those posts, then wait for the next one. Some of the blogs I read are written by people of different faiths. Do you think I would insult Dr Grumpy because he wrote something about Hanukkah? No way! He is a talented MD, a fabulous writer and I love to follow him. It would be rude and inappropriate. Likewise, he has never said anything unkind in my blog.
We all have the right to believe what we wish, write as we choose, and read what we want.
It is too easy to hide behind an email address a thousand miles away or hide behind anonymity and say unkind things to one another. Sadly that is one of the problems we face on the internet that has spilled over to society. People have called the pharmacy and have said horrible things on the phone that they probably wouldn’t have the guts to say to my face.. The veil of the phone….the veil of the screen removes a certain level of civility we should maintain with eachother. I have no problem if somebody wishes to state an opposing view..but do so appropriately.
Therefore, all being said, I am sorry to say goodbye to Mike, If he doesn’t like my posting then perhaps I am not the blog for him. I am not going to change how I write nor what I write.
Happy New Year to everybody…even you Mike.