I admit that these two threads have left me at a bit of a loss. I’ve met Joe_Cool and Jersey Diamond on two occasions, and I like both of them. Actually, it’s kind of humorous. When I met them last year, for some reason the idea that Jersey was black stuck in my mind. She’s not, and when I tried to explain ( in my bumbling, drunken way-hey it was late at NYC fest) that I had made a mistake, both of them proceded to tease me mercisely about “Joe’s black wife”. From this I got the impression of a couple of pretty cool, fairly laid back people.
On the bords they come off far differently.
So. On one hand I have two people with whom I’ve enjoyed interacting with, people I would be proud and pleased to call friends, on the other I have two…marienettes is the best I can come up with, married to a rule book and absolutely inflexible and unforgiving if anyone says or does anything that they see as challenging (even when it’s not) their chosen way of life.
Never has the dichotimy between RL and the 'net been more aparent.
I don’t know what to make of it. I’ve tried to couch my replies in the linked threads as honest questions, because that’s what I think they are, but they’ve been blown off. I am pretty sure that if I flew to New Mexico and we all sat down and had a few beers and food the conflict would never come up. I LIKE these people, and even though I personally have little use for Christianity as a rule book, I wholeheartedly support the ideas behind it, love one another and everything else will take care of itself, that’s what I think of when I think of what Christianity should be.
JC and JD do not show that on these boards, and it saddens me. I WANT Christians to live their stated beliefs…hell, I want everyone to do that. The core concepts of Christianity are love and acceptance, just read the book, it’s obvious! The fact that these nice people, whom I like and respect IRL, do not seem to be doing that, based only on their posts here at the SDMB saddens me.
Is there a point to all this? Not really. I just regret that people I like espouse such an unforgiving way of life.