I just finished having coffee with my mom and I was telling her how annoying it is to read people’s Christianese jargon on social media about how #blessed they are. I couldn’t even completely articulate why it’s so annoying to me but sometimes I read posts about their “omg a free car” and “so blessed to be a part of this blah blah money babies happy”. My first thought was that it’s jealously, but I actually don’t think that’s the case. Most of the time I’m not overly concerned with the actual topic, just the rhetoric surrounding it.
Why should I care, if someone believes in giving God credit for every good thing that happens in their life, I concur and would be happy to celebrate that with them. Maybe it’s because I think that they have never experienced suffering, so all their simple-minded chatter about God blessing their charmed lives just makes me curious of what they might say if their situation were different. They’re just living the American dream and thank God for that…sorry Africa I’m sure He’s #blessing you too, just in a different way. Ugh my arrogance. Who ever said I know everything about the pain in people’s lives? They’ve probably suffered a lot more than me and are just choosing gratitude and shouldn’t that be my goal too? Also, aren’t I #blessed beyond what I could ever deserve?
It is annoying though, don’t we all agree? Maybe it’s our problem, or social media’s for making us all look like dummies, or it’s just the flippancy of it all. Ya I think that’s it, it’s the nasty combination of all of those things. We post these little curated tid-bits of our lives because most of us talk to friends about the pain and the truth and only celebrate the good things with the internet (most of us is apparently not me). Then there is this thoughtless way in which we talk about God and faith, the little language that gets perpetuated by repetitive jargon and before we know it we’re not totally sure what we’re actually saying. Then there might be some truth to the fact that we might have very thin idea of suffering so our tiny narrative makes us think God arranged the whole galaxy so we could get the ‘desire of our hearts’.
Add it all up = annoying…or, I need to get off social media for a bit. I really am so blessed, I should just shut up and applaud.
#blessed #blessedlife #thankgod #godisgood #blessing #don’tstrikemewithlightening