I’m a Christian Who Digs Tradition and I’m Tired of People Speaking for Me About Things That Have Nothing to Do with Me or with Christianity. (AKA: Why I’m Shopping at JCPenney This Weekend)Laura Mayes
I’m a Christian, and more than half of the people related to me are Christians. My other relatives are Jewish, or Agnostic, or obsessed with football, or all of the above. I live in a giant Red State…and my family has for nine generations. My family is also super into that fact. And the NRA. And Jesus.
We’re what They call “Traditional.” We are all married to people of the opposite sex (In fact, I’m the first person in my family to ever get divorced). We hold jobs. We pay taxes. We are civic leaders. We serve snacks at Vacation Bible School. We host community picnics and organize park clean ups. We even tithe. In other words, I come from a long line of tradition loving, law abiding, Sunday School going, Red State Election voting, Christian, married, white people. It doesn’t come much more “Traditional” than that … in fact, don’t even get my mom started about traditions (no seriously, please, don’t get her started).
And I am sick to death of people I don’t know dragging me into their who-knows-why arguments about all kinds of things that have nothing to do with any of the traditions I or my people value.
So let me be clear, Million Moms, this traditional mom does not agree with you. At all. So stop implying that I do.
For starters, if you are using Bible verses as your main means of arguing a point, you have already lost. If you are using them to get someone fired, you need to go outside and take a walk. Or volunteer somewhere.
In other words, shut up and work on living.
And with that, I’m going to shut up and work on living.
And then I’m going shopping at JCPenney on Sunday. We don’t need anything, but my parents’ church is taking donations for a women’s shelter. And from how I understand my Traditional God, He would be super into that.
*This post was brought to you by my annoyance of being lumped into a general traditional label (that I identify with) that was being used as a weapon of mass meanness to get someone fired for being herself. I’m not cool with that. Or with bullies. You can watch the whole thing here. I join with Ellen in honoring honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, of treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. That’s what I traditionally value and believe.
**Want to know more? Here’s more. They say: “We believe that love and acceptance are family values — not hate and bigotry — and so we’re very proud of JCPenney for standing up to One Million Moms and retaining Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. And we’re going to put our money where our mouths are by organizing a ‘Shop-In’ on Sunday, February 12.” I’m with them. And I agree with this group 100%.