Saturday, October 29, 2011

RANT!! in G Minor

Just now, in my facebook feed... i saw this posted as someone's status and i just had to drop everything:
HEY YOU... yeah, I mean you. If you have taken a minute to read this... God has seen YOU struggling with something. God says its over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God send this message on, please don't ignore it, you are being tested. God is going to fix two things (BIG) tonight in your favor. If you believe in God... drop everything and repost.**
my initial response was to write some big OHMYFUCKINGOD response... but then i was like, no... no... i can't do that.  not on facebook.  i mean, i really don't want to offend anyone, but i CANNOT TELL YOU how much i was offended by this.

first of all.... "God has seen YOU struggling with something.  God says it's over"... Great! so, what you're saying is, if i drop everything and repost this, God is going to magically go in with his 'magic' and repair all of Artoo's damaged cranial nerves?  If i drop everything and repost this, will Artoo suddenly learn how to smile?  "...please don't ignore it, you are being tested..."  Really? REALLY?!? REEEEEAAAALLLY???? God is testing me, through facebook.  Really.  With Seth and Amy.  Really. FUCKING REALLY!??  God is going to fix two big things tonight in my favour.... wow. 

I really am not a big fan of those copy/paste status updates in general, you know the ones... with some random statistic about the percentage of people who know someone with (Insert disease/condition here) and how if you want to end said disease/condition, copy and paste to your status update, and if you don't, that obviously means you are a terrible person, cuz clearly you must like this disease and hope people continue to suffer.  ENOUGH, they make me crazy, but this one takes the goddamned cake.  

Does anyone honestly believe that God will make all their problems go away because they copied and pasted some random bullshit that they saw on someone elses wall?  For Fuck sake.  Or is it the oh-so-ominous: "IF you believe in God send this message on" that makes them think, "well, i don't want someone to think i DON'T believe!!"  or perhaps the veiled threat of: "YOU ARE BEING TESTED" and maybe they're making sure that their bases are covered.

Also, this totally preys on peoples emotions... "oh my god... I AM going through something!! This status is for me!!!" 


i'll tell you one thing.

posting some prepackaged shit you saw somewhere else is not going to get salvation. 
if i'm being tested by facebook, i hate to think what the hell all this other shit i'm going through is for...

God doesn't care. 

if God exists at all (which i'm not entirely certain about, at least, not in the way that western christianized culture would have us believe...even more so now that i'm dealing with Artoo's health), i don't think that he's some grandpa in the sky who's sitting at his laptop checking to see if Johnny DoGooder passed his test by posting that 'status' on his wall.

Ranty rant rant rant.
This is why i have a blog. sigh.

i'm sorry.  but that really bummed me out today.  super bummed.

Also, if you're going to leave me some kind of preachy comment, don't bother. you're not going to convert me, just saying.

**I should clarify that it was the pre-written update itself that made me crazy, not the person who posted it.  


Suzi Q said...

I just wanted to tell you that I love you. And I agree. I'll pray for you.

Tumakhunter said...

I'll second this post (of course). Assuming that there is just a single omnipotent being responsible for creating/maintaining the *entire universe*, that being doesn't have the time to micromanage our FB usage - or anything else in our individual lives. Rather like you can't/don't micromanage the movement of every electron, proton, or quark in your body.

i am the diva said...

sigh, it's frustrating because a big part of me wants to say things like: "you've got to be fucking kidding me" on their walls... but... i don't want to offend them. I wish they'd do me the same courtesy. It's funny how it is generally assumed by christians that everyone believes what they believe, and if you don't happen to believe what they do - well then they must take it upon themselves to try to 'save' you....

i'm really very easy going, but this kind of B.S. just gets me all riled up.

Mrs. Hall said...

I hope upon hope you can maybe just maybe not lump all us Christians in one pile. While we all carry the same belief, (hopefully) how we express and share this belief varies wildly. Just like actual Christians do. :)

take care fellow blogger!


i am the diva said...

@Mrs. Hall,
of course. as i stated, it really was the pre-written copy and pasted update that got my goat... and the mentality behind copy and pasting such updates.

I know many Christians who are pretty great.

I know a lot who aren't, but i think that's probably more a comment on their personalities in general than their belief system.

The Bearded Iris said...

Oh gag - I HATE those "chain mail" types of status updates and emails. I'm talking "Seth and Amy REALLY" kind of hate. (Awesome!) But like you, I hate the message, not the messengers. Let's pray for them that they can one day know the truly unconditional love of God and not the checklist-in-the-sky-God they seem to fear.

Great post!

elizabeth said...

I completely get what you are saying. I get chain mail emails all the time with shit like that. I would like to send one back to her but change the word god to santa and see if she notices.

(k - word verification was prere which when you say out loud sound like prayer... OMFG I got me own message!! Praise be to Santa in the highest)

pixiekissed said...

I saw one a few months back about loving Jesus that quoted "But whosoever shall deny me before their friends, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" at the end of their tripe. Made me just as livid, attempting to suck people in through guilt or fear tactics for what? a modern chain letter. Pisses me off big time! This rant gets a two thumbs up from me!
If God is a deity that needs re posts on Facebook to bestow love and favors I guess we can start to depict him in modern art as a bitchy 12 year old girl.

Michelle Jaramillo said...

I have always been irritated by those e-mails and now they are rampant on Facebook.
Like God is going to solve my problems because I forwarded some stupid e-mail on... Bah.

You know what makes me giggle when i think about this? That song by Regina Spektor "Laughing with God"

Teeni said...

I hate those posts - really they are just like chain mails or something annoying like that. I never participate in things that ask me to repost, not because I dislike the cause but because I didn't start a facebook account to raise awareness for every little issue that comes up. Also, since so many sheeple do copy and repost it, I feel I don't need to add to the internet clutter. I like to write original things, and hope that is why people read my stuff and I can't waste my time reposting or even reading those things. :)

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