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The Place of the poor

The Place of the poor

I believe John Chapter Twelve is the proper approach. I wonder how much money the person who made this put in the offering plate. At the same time, the effort he put into making this could have been used to witness to someone.
Jesus worshipped in the Temple. He had no issues with it. His mother went to an expensive, religious school. Why attack churches who do the most for the poor and starving? You got these pictures from Google, so how much do they donate? What do their buildings look like? If you made this on a Mac, same questions.

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So your son married a Catholic…

Panic mode! We are a Protestant family. I cannot believe my son married that Mary-worshipping, big hipped wino. I am here to clear up a few misconceptions.

1) We are not necessarily supposed to get pregnant every time we have sex. However, we do believe it is for procreation, so we are to be open to new life. It is also for marital unity. It is how two become one flesh. That is why it is to be preserved for marriage.

2) We do not believe the Pope is God on Earth. We believe he is an Apostle, not Deity. And as we speak, there is not one. No Catholic is doubting that there is God right now.

3) We have a high respect for Mary and saints.Yes we do believe they can pray for us. Do you believe the dead hear our prayers? Do you not believe the dead in Christ are in heaven worshipping? Then why is it hard to believe there are intercessors.

4) No, we are not pagan.

5) Yes, we believe Jesus is the son of God. 

6) Yes we believe in transubstantiation. We understand others see communion as symbolic and a way to be in communion with one another. 

7) No, not all priests are pedophiles. And no, hurting a child is not okay. There are far more child molestation cases within our schools.  

So your son married a darker woman….

I married a white man. I didn’t marry him because he is white. I didn’t marry him for money. I didn’t marry him because I have daddy issues. And no, I didn’t marry him so my kids wouldn’t be black. I have a few friends who face the same accusations, even from their spouse’s family. In this area, it is still taboo to some people. If you are one of those people, then you should probably read this. These are things that women in my situation want to say to you.

1) Yes, we may raise our kids differently from what you are used to. We do understand that our husband may have been raised differently, but if the child-rearing falls on the mother, then so do parenting decisions. Your opinion is not wanted, needed, nor warranted. Of course, we have discussed this with your son, so trust his judgment.

2) Yes, of course the kids will probably be considered the race of the minority parent. we know that you may fear your grand kid not identifying with white people/culture, but is it really that bad? What is American culture but a blend from our native lands. Chances are you aren’t all one race anyway. There is a reason that Hitler referred to us as a “mongrel nation.”

3) No, we are not going to simply adopt our husband’s identity to make it easier for people to deal with it. I do not plan on changing the way I talk, the music I listen to, nor the way I style my hair to make it easier for you to cope with me being with your son.

4) No, we cannot be more gentle with their hair. If you are such an expert, then please, show us.

5) No, you don’t have to walk on eggshells because we are black/latina/hispanic. We are aware. Moreover, you don’t have to tell us every ethnic person you know. We don’t all know each other.

6) Yes, even if we disapprove of some of his policies, we do like Barack Obama as a role model for success for our kids. We am proud that my kids were born with higher aspirations than I was. That doesn’t mean you have to like him. Nor does it mean we voted for him because he is black (nobody knows who I voted for).

7) No, we didn’t get married for money. We wouldn’t marry for money; we can be wined and dined without a commitment. Also, we are smart enough to know that not all white people have money.

8) No, we didn’t marry him to feel powerful. Have you not looked at the archetypal black woman? We are strong and independent. We don’t need a man to feel powerful. We are a force.