It's a rare, rare occasion that I will engage in any form of "debate" (I use the word loosely, considering, well...you know) with strangers who are of fundy persuasion. Yesterday, one of my childhood friends (with whom I am Facebook friends--cliche, I know) posted a religiously-natured Facebook status update in the form of a question. I didn't automaticaly comment what I really wanted to write, but I asked if the question was rhetorical, or if comments were welcome. Although she was gracious and said that I could comment; in the same sentence, she also wrote that she guessed that the question she posted could be either rhetorical or for discussion. Out of respect, I wanted to know her original intent, so that I could decide if I was going to withhold my comment, or let it all hang out. (thoughtfully and respectfully. Cuz that's how I roll). I never got an answer, so I did not comment. Welp, another person decided that it was just killing her that I wouldn't comment on the status, and she came to a conclusion about me based on absolutely nothing, except my request of my friend to clarify the intent of her question. Seriously...that's it!!! This is her comment...and then my response. (Only one other comment after this was posted from another person:"Wow".)
"@Andrea, I feel sorry for you, how sad to be that bound up b legalism. I will pray to the God who answers prayer to reveal truth to you. "
"@Jennie: Astounding! You feel sorry for me?! How can you possibly make any judgement about me whatsoever, based on the above conversation? It's quite presumptuous, not to mention rude. For good measure, Jennie, please feel free to also sacrifice a chicken or goat (whichever would please your god more), do a rain dance, light some incense, chant, engage in flagellation, bow five times a day toward Mecca, audit, channel, and cast a spell for me. It's all superstition to me...Now you can legitimately make somewhat of a judgement on my perspective, since I have actually given you something to go on. I'm not sad in the least, since I can say that I'm not delusional...which I am now presuming you to be, based on what you just gave me to go on by your comment.
Any response I would have made on Jeannie's status would have been thoughtful, even though I wouldn't have been in agreement. I am respectful to those who are also respectful--as I know Jeannie to be. You made a choice to make this personal; which necessitated my reply to you to be the same.
Oh, and you might want to stop telling God what to do...doesn't he have his own plans, which would make your prayers useless anyway? Do you think he'll change his already mapped out plans because of your requests?"