Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Let Go And Let God - A Rant

"Let go and let God" is a saying that drives me bonkers. Another one is, "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."

Aaaaaaauuuuuggghhhhhhh! Stop it stop it stop it!

What is it with this lazy, passive trash, anyway? Can you imagine dying, going to the Pearly Gates and when asked why you didn't tell someone they were headed for disaster, saying to St. Peter, "Oh, no. I didn't use words. I just prayed and left it all up to you."

The dude's going to respond, "What, you think all we're here for is to do your work for you?"

God gave us a rational brain for a reason. He gave us the ability to research and learn for a reason. Salesmen like Zig Ziglar, motivational writers like Brian Tracy and a whole library of geniuses from the past are there to be used for good! Sitting around with your Rosary is fine when there is literally nothing else to do, but it can't be your default position.

There are people out there who can teach you how to approach a delicate situation. You don't have to whack people with a sledgehammer, but at the very least, you can educate yourself and give it a try.

End of rant.

I will admit that sometimes, words fail. For those occasions, more direct action may be required.


tim eisele said...

I agree with you on the "Let Go and Let God" one, it's basically an excuse to do nothing while expecting God to do all the heavy lifting for you[1].

The second one, though, strikes me as more of a "put your money where your mouth is" statement - I interpret it as meaning that preaching alone isn't enough, you've also got to get off your ass and do something constructive.

Which isn't to say that there aren't some people who interpret the second one as also being an excuse to do nothing in particular. People are aggravating that way.

[1] "And God said, "What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter!"

Foxfier said...

The thing that bugs me most about the "if necessary, use words" is that they attribute it to the guy who is famous for preaching to the birds because nobody showed up.
The poison pill is the 'if necessary use words' bit.

IE, shut up you Christianist and serve me.
Can be seen in the behavior around people who serve the poor but also tell them God loves them. -.-

K T Cat said...

Tim - action and thought have to be part of the equation or the thing is chemically unbalanced. Or maybe it's "no reaction occurs."

How's that for an analogy?

K T Cat said...

Foxie - BINGO! The dude went to the Middle East to preach, hoping to convert the Muslims. I suspect he ... used words.