I’m Calling This A BLAHG for Today.

June 5, 2009 at 4:02 am 3 comments

Because I feel Blah. Makes sense, huh? 

I don’t know what it is, maybe the clouds. Maybe staying inside all day and wearing no makeup. Maybe it’s that I have eaten nothing green in several days and I’m feeling fat and yucky. 

Those are all Blah factors, if you ask me. 

In an effort to spice up my evening (don’t get scared, really.) I’m going to get this off my chest and out of my brain, so I can sleep. 

I love facebook, really I do. But I think we are all becoming victims of overexposure. It’s like we live in our own little reality show and we pretend the facebook camera crew is following us around and documenting our life. Does everyone really need to know everything? I fall victim to this, so I’m preaching to myself. But even an open book like me should know what’s appropriate to share and what’s not. 

So I’m on facebook recently and saw a status update from a person I know. I don’t know them well, we are more long term acquaintances than anything. They are very active in a local church. They sing and are considered a leader. Their status update let us all know that they won money at a casino. 

Now, I’ll avoid the issue of alcohol on the blog. Everyone feels differently about that. I’ll avoid other hot button topics, too, just to keep this a fun place to go and enjoy my silliness. But gambling? 

I have a problem with it. 

I have a problem with taking money that someone else has lost. I have a problem with spending earned cash to try to win more (greed, ultimately). 

But the issue here isn’t even the gambling. It’s the fact that a Christian, a leader in the church, can separate their social and spiritual life to the point that it’s no big deal, and post it on facebook, where anyone that sees it would never know what they stood for in the first place. 

I like this person.  I am not saying that they are wrong, even though I disagree with their actions. I am honestly just trying to figure out how people can separate their witness and example in the name of having a good time. I cannot make that work out in my mind. I’ve tried a million ways, but ultimately, I feel like I am a representative of Christ in every area of my life. I mess up constantly, but I try to keep things out of my life that would cause someone to doubt what my main priority is. 

So, is the casino okay, as long as you don’t tell anybody? Is Facebook the issue? Maybe. What this person does is between them and God. But when they tell everyone what they are doing, they bring the world into it and makes them susceptible to others’ opinions, such as my own. 

And there you have it folks, the most brain activity I’ve had all day. 

You know I’d love to know what you think, all 4 of you that will read this. It’s totally okay to disagree, too, just don’t be mean about it. I might cry if you’re mean. And if I cry, then I’ll never update again. And if I never update again, then this will be the post that people see first for the rest of my life. And that would be awful. So don’t be mean. 

So, now I’m going over to Facebook and see what the rest of the world is up to. I have no doubt that they’ll tell me.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  June 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I totally agree with you and do not understand how you separate the two. I can’t do it either. My Jesus is with me wherever I go, and I am to represent Him in all things.

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  • 2. Michelle Maxwell Gore  |  June 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hmmmm… I’m sort of (and this is a loose translation, if you will) torn on this. I don’t desire to sit in judgement as I know I have my own flaws that others may see as hypocritical from what I strive to be. However, I feel that if you present yourself as a leader in a spiritual way, you owe it not only to yourself – but to those that look up to you – to not lead others awry by such public (and Facebook is public, no matter what anyone says or thinks) statements. I, myself, have not ever really understood the gambling craze. I love playing Cards: Spades, Black Jack, Uno, Solitaire. I find it inhumane to take joy out of other’s failures. The Germans have a great word that encompasses this: Schadenfreude – to take joy in someone elses misfortune. However, I know many people that I’ve admired throughout my younger years as a Christian that have no problem with gambling. I must admit that this caused me to closely examine each of these people once I discovered this… to see if I truly should admire them as much as I did. And, sometimes… I came away quite saddened from tath assesment. So, Anne, in the end… I believe I must say I agree. I just hope I keep my personal failures more private from those that might respect or admire me.

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  • 3. Jennifer  |  June 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Personally, I would rather throw my money off a bridge…but that is just my opinion.

    Reply

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