Nobody really has any crontrol on their life. Your relationship with the Lord is defined by the FAITH you have that He has everything under control. He is the one laying out the road for you, your just the traveler. So when you think that 'you' have made a mistake, they are made for a reason. Its just the Lords way of bringing you closer to him!
That's today's Facebook post of a fairly distant relative (through marriage) whom I've never met. She seems like a nice girl, if far more conservative than me. But this sentiment bugs me SO much. Why do people think that everything is up to God? HELLO??? FREE WILL! You choose, you deal with the consequences. You can get a nudge from God, sure, I buy that. You can even call on God to help you make good choices (though a part of me says this type of prayer is merely self reflection and has little to do with a Higher Power....) But to say that when I screw up it's the Almighty's doing. No way!
And my screw ups are bad enough... losing patience with my kids, yelling, not picking up that trash that I could very easily pull over and take care of on the side of the road, coveting my neighbor's Wii.....
But think about the "Christians" who beat the snot out of their kids? Or start horrible wars? "Well, musta been God's plan, and shucks! I feel closer to him now. Good thing I stole all that money from my company!"
This is what irritates me and makes me want to turn away from religion, especially Christianity. I do not want to be lumped in with a group of people who think everything is preordained and that they have no control over their destiny.
Okay. I'm breathing now.... I guess I don't think most Christians I know feel this way. BUT... who's winning the media war right now? The reasonable Christians who understand that Their Way is not The Only Way? Or, the ones who propagate this nonsense which completely removes any form of responsibility from their hands... oh, and by the way, damns anyone who doesn't believe what they believe to Hell?
Gaaaah! I know it shouldn't matter but if I'm going to label myself a Christian I really don't want to have to explain what that means to me.