After I wrote my first blog about our new church (“Amalgamate”) I received a few “concerned” emails. These emails expressed what boils down to a fear for my eternal soul. Apparently the church that we’re attending is “too accepting,” and according to these people, that is a problem. How funny that a church where they actually act the way Jesus did is the “wrong type” of church. Go figure. That being said, I was reminded by a friend of a bumper sticker that says “God Loves Everyone–No Exceptions.” I found that somewhat humorous in light of the current situation. I was told that we shouldn’t pick a church because we agree with their “opinions” (I put that in quotes because that it what the email said). Well…at least to me, agreeing with the message seems to be an important criterion. Maybe I’m crazy, but I wouldn’t pick a church where I don’t agree with anything they say–that would just be stupid.
Fast forward to my most recent blog about the theory papers that I wrote. A seemingly non-religious subject: music theory. I have been informed that I am wrong…through more emails. What I gathered from the majority of these emails is that college was a time for me to get all of that pesky independence out of my system and meet a husband. Apparently I was supposed to be spending thousands of dollars on tuition in order to get an M.R.S. degree. I thought these people had met me before, but I’m guessing they never paid any attention to my actual personality. According to most of them, this music theory business is just the inevitable next step of Satan trying to get his hooks in me (their words, not mine). The first step was us going to this church that is “so focused on accepting everyone and all that diversity nonsense.” Still not grasping the connection between the two subjects at all, but whatever. Many of them told me that now that I’m 30, it’s time for me to settle down with this “school nonsense,” be a “good housewife,” and focus on having lots of babies. Wow. Who knew that it was supposed to happen like that? We won’t even go into the “focus on having babies” part, as I might have a little [precedented] explosion…you know, like the kind you have when inadvertently provoked in the middle of some random store amongst unknowing people…yeah, that kind.
Needless to say, I deleted quite a few people from my Facebook friends list in the past couple days. I’m sorry if they think that the church we love is evil, just because they don’t preach all the fire and brimstone nonsense and they actually accept everyone. I’m sorry if they think that I should become a “good housewife” and settle in to spend the rest of my child-bearing years cranking them out like a clown car. But more than anything, I’m sorry that they don’t grasp the actual concept of the religion they claim to practice. Social justice, environmentalism, equal rights, activism, helping those in need…I’m pretty sure these are foreign concepts to most of these people…and I’m willing to put money on the fact that they won’t ever want to learn about them.
Just a random observation from the world of feminist, educated, logical, socially conscious Lauren.