Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sheesh, take it easy!

Boy, you just never know what will set some people off.

I just received an email concerning this weekend's WND Fuddy Duddy column as follows:

You wrote a column about the insolent teenagers blocking you. In the ENTIRE column I did not see you mention “God” or “Christian” or something to do with our religious heritage that is now lacking and why America is turning into what you see today. You had an importune moment to define this, but you did not.

And THAT is the problem! God is left out of the picture and you have proven it with what you wrote today and you did not even recognize it. I did not know you were so into or being FOOLED by secularism that you even missed what is so obvious about what is going on.

I thought you were pretty religious and into the Bible, but I really see you are not. Otherwise you will have seen what is pretty obvious about the two boys, America, it’s Christian heritage and its true identity in the world.

I enjoyed reading your columns because I thought it was fueled by Bible wisdom. I did not see this in your column today. I may pare my reading down of any future columns. Inadvertently, to me, and the world wise enough to recognize this, you explained why America is going down hill.


While I do not disagree that the secularization of this nation is one of the main contributors to its downfall, it seems to me this guy is seeing bogeymen around every corner. So I’m being “fooled” by secularism? And I’m not “into” the Bible or I’m not religious because ONE of my columns didn’t mention religion?

As a reminder, I have a 1000 word limit. This column was originally around 1500 words and I had to trim and trim and trim. That's the first point to consider.

The second point is, the focus of my column at WND is socio-political commentary, not religion – although about 75% of my columns DO mention religion. However if you want religion every single week, please read Greg Laurie's excellent pieces. The focus of Mr. Laurie's columns IS religion.

The third point that comes to mind is Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ In other words, a lot of yapping doesn't necessarily translate into a genuine Christian spirit.

Obviously it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time. Case in point.


  1. Probably some progressive who found a new way to attack you. Ignore him.

    Anonymous Patriot

  2. Boy, I think somebody needs to start drinking decaf! Don't sweat it Patrice! The rest of us are with you!

    AP... I think you hit the nail on the head!


  3. I wonder if the person who wrote that also doesn't read the book of Esther in the Old Testament because the word God isn't in that book either. Hmmm. Oh well that writer probably was some troll.

  4. Sounds like one of those people who don't like the week's sermon and threaten the pastor with walking away with their tithe money!

  5. Don't let him get you paraphrase a writer I know, you can't please everyone ;-). (You figured out who the writer is, right?)

    People like this man drive me are a human being so even if you could have mentioned God in your article or in dealing with these boys--I will tell you that I haven't read the article yet, I'm just commenting on this man's rant--anyway, you are a human being and you ARE going to make mistakes and let your emotions get in the way sometimes. Why is it that people don't seem to understand that? The God I know is well aware of the fact that we're going to make mistakes no matter how much we's because we're human beings. The God that I know and love will ALWAYS forgive you if you honestly and truly repent and TRY not to make the same mistakes over and over. Am I wrong about this because I don't believe that I am. It doesn't make you less of a Christian. The way he went off on you makes me think that he should be reading the bible himself...isn't it something like .... Do unto others as you would have done to you?

  6. Hello Mrs Lewis,

    One does not require God to have common courtesy or manners. I read your blog and WND columns often and always have a little joy put in my heart from them. Please pass on to the snark 1 John 2:6 (the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.) for me.

    Bob in So Cal

  7. It takes an obtrusively large ego to threaten to pare down reading or quit reading someone's work and think that solo opinion of an opinion should change the author, somehow. I've never understood that blogosphere tactic.

    "I wish you would have included x,y,z, you're really good at that and it would have been effective" could be useful - "you're a big dumb poopy head and you didn't write what I would have written"?...not so much.

  8. Thanks, Bob, that was my first thought. Though I'm a Christian I know through my homeschooling network some fine young people who come from families who aren't necessarily religious. What it comes down to most of the time is a set of parents, on the scene and involved and taking the time and energy to teach their children how to be polite and considerate of others.

  9. This is an excellent article, and reminded me that all of my children's employers as they got up into their teen and young adult years have told me what good workers they are.

  10. Your article was spot on, Patrice, and the complainer missed the boat with his rant. I know several people who call themselves Christians who do not teach their children proper manners or consideration for others. I see it at my church and hear about it from friends at other churches.