Okay, I have tried and tried to figure out how to workinvitations into a blog post. Well, I guess I have now, but before that, :lol:, I was having some major problems. No one in our family really makes a big deal about a baptism. I think the only one on my behalf was actually a christening one, when I was a baby. We didn’t do anything like that with the kids, because we didn’t want to force a religious choice onto them. I didn’t get baptized (by choice) until I was a teenager. That involved telling people by phone, that if they wanted to witness it, they could. It was always orally.
So, that makes me wonder, though. Are we in a majority or a minority lately, with not taking our children to a church? Personally, I have yet to find one that I’m comfortable with. The one I went to in Indiana is no longer the same church. The pastor I loved retired. The music minister I adored was let go. They also really screwed with the youth program. Its just not the same church that I knew and trusted.
Then, when I lived in Florida, I was “a part of” one of the most hypocritical churches I have ever seen in my life, minus the Phelps clan here in Topeka (do not even get me started on those psychos … I’m all for free speech but they infringe on other’s personal rights when it comes to funerals and that pisses me the hell off). They picked and chose which pieces of the Bible they were going to follow to the letter, and which they were going to twist to their own views. My Indiana church did not look down at you if you were not perfect, because no one ever was, minus Christ. The Florida church? They thought they could dress up their church with a nice music program, and then hate everyone and everything. I’m of the mind “Hate the sin, not the sinner”. This church was “Hate the sin, harass the sinner”.
I’ve yet to find a church in which I feel comfortable. Most of them would have a problem with mine and Josh’s relationship, since we’re technically not married, at least in the eyes of the church. We do not have that piece of paper that claims we are. We are legally married though. I could legally change my name, without a problem. We are common law. But, a lot of churches would have a problem with that. Personally, I can’t get into the idea of someone telling me what to think and what to believe. Too many churches do that. I’m too much like my dad: I’m hard-headed, strong of heart and have a brain of my own.