Post # 1
This post is not meant to offend anyone, but I’m letting you know upfront if you are a Christian it could potentially ruffle your feathers. But it’s labeled vent, and I added a disclaimer so don’t get too riled up if you don’t like what I have to say…
The other day one of my friends wrote that she knows God exists because she was having a crappy day but walked into the grocery store and got a super good deal on lobster. Another friend wrote something (on facebook) about how God was so good for making sure she got free frozen yogurt. And as a wedding photographer, I see it a lot in the wedding photography community here where I live where photographers post things on their blogs about how thankful they are that god has done such and such and blah blah for them (usually trivial stuff like the two people above). It’s really starting to bug me, and I want to say something about it to them along the lines of “really? you look super insensitive saying god got you a sale on shellfish” but I know I will come off as an asshole.
I really don’t get why people think that god is tending to their every little whim or to the outcome of Denver Broncos’ games. I’m an atheist but I feel like those kind of attitudes should be offensive to actual Christians…like God doesn’t have time to worry about your stupid football game. There are people dying of horrific diseases, people get raped all the time, children are starved and beaten to death. I just don’t get it and it really bothers me!
Post # 3
And here I thought God had a hand in free coffee day (got a free latte this morning!)… guess it was just the coffee place after all 🙁
But seriously, I agree 100%; if God/He/She/It/etc really has my coffee preference in mind, I’d like to have a chat about priorities.
Post # 4
I don’t know, some people see God’s presence in the little things. it doesn’t show up on my facebook though.
Post # 5
@redheadem: My feed is saturated with it.
Post # 5
So that wasn’t just luck that got me all the green lights on the way into work today? Whoa.. But yeah, I agree with you too.
Post # 6
I totally understand what you are saying. Some people relate every little thing that happens up to the holy workings of God. What about good luck and coincidence?
But on the other hand, it isn’t really hurting anyone. If these people are happy and want to express their gratitude by thanking God for every good thing, then is that really so bad? I suppose expressing gratitude towards God is better than a bunch of Facebook updates cursing God and blaming him/her for evert little negativity in their lives.
Post # 7
Umm yeah, I totally don’t get it either. NO magical person in the sky had a hand in it, you just happened to be in the right place at the right time
Post # 8
My mother would slap me if I ever said anything like that! haha
I’m Catholic and was always taught that you can only ask God for strength, peace, will power etc. He can give you the strength to get through tough times, or the spiritual tools you need. He does not, however, provide gameboys. (I learned that one the hard way)
I can see being grateful to God for the insight that helps you recognize the positive things on a tough day… but He’s not following you around lowering prices because He feels sorry for you. That just makes it look like you don’t realize how difficult some people have it. How about instead of thanking God for discounted lobster, thank God that you’re living a life where just running out to the store for food is even an option???
Post # 9
I had no idea He had anything to do with sales on seafood! Good to know!
Post # 10
Yeah bugs me too like if your god took the time to get you discounted lobster but let a child starve in Ethiopia then I want nothing to do with your god.
Post # 11
@kate169: I feel the same way!
I get annoyed when people “credit” God for something trivial – a sports win, a good catch, etc. It’s considered unacceptable to blame God for a loss or dropping a pass – but I see it as the same thing. If he has the power to make you catch a pass, wouldn’t he also have the power to make you drop it?
I guess I don’t mind if people thank God for the talents or abilities, but anything else more specific is silly, in my opinion.
ETA: @Atalanta interesting point!
Post # 12
Personally, I wouldn’t be posting on FB about free things that God gave me, but I believe completely that He is in control of every little detail in my life. He is great enough that He has time for the little details in everyone’s lives.
Post # 13
I mean, I’m a Christian, and I definitely believe that things happen for a reason. But I can’t say that I attribute good deals at the grocery store to His provision. That’s my own savvy shopping. 😉
Post # 14
@MapleMoose: Totally agree. While I don’t agree with the sentiments that God gave you discounted lobster or free frozen yougurt, it isn’t hurting anyone else for some individuals to believe those things. If it makes them happier and more fulfilled, more power to them.
Post # 15
@Moja Milosc: This reasoning I can totally understand!
@MapleMoose: It probably bothers me even more that people don’t blame God for negative things…so God gets the credit for delicious seafood but none of the blame when something crappy happens in their life? Idk…it just irks me. Then again maybe I’m just jealous I didn’t get a good deal on lobster! lol.