I baked a buckle with Liam(4) this morning. It’s supposed to be blueberry, but we used frozen mixed berries instead.
Since the protests that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, I’ve been reading more comment threads than is good for any person to ever do, but it brought up a common problem that I saw during the controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
There are those that are simply calling a spade a spade and then there are the people reacting to that with some variation of:
Yeah, but BLM and antifa are also committing evil. You should be calling them out too.
And while the riots are by no means excusable, they aren’t the problem here. Instead, those riots are being used to distract from what is actually going on in this country. By calling attention to them, detractors are attempting to lessen the poison of their own views.
They are, in essence, saying that it’s okay to be a white nationalist or a racist because surely that’s less bad than rioting.
But the problem with that mindset is that it doesn’t actually matter.
When you refuse to name an evil as evil, without any qualification, you are effectively saying that it is not actually evil. You’re communicating that it’s okay to be a racist because some of the people you are protesting have been involved in riots.
Of course, that’s the logical end of that view. Racism says that people of color are less than human. It denies them the imago Dei that is within them. It says to them, “God made a mistake when He made you.”
It’s a strange thing to have so much going on but not a whole lot to say. At least it is for me. I used to be the kind of person that was always writing things down, but now it seems like either the words have run out or I’ve forgotten how to share them.
This is probably due to the nature of what has been going on. Things are absolutely happening but they’re not at a point where I can really talk about them properly yet. Exciting things, but it’s still early days.
I can say that I have been doing a lot of reading as of late. While I have friends that write lots of blog posts about the books they read, I don’t think that is something I’m going to end up doing. I’m not a particularly fast reader and I find that I don’t often have a whole lot to say when I’ve finished reading a book.
The nature of the books that I’m reading right now leave me with work to do rather than words to write.
Other than this, life is generally a little bit crazy. It was properly crazy while the kids were still in school, but even when you aren’t going to get to take a vacation, summer does bring a bit of calm to things.
This is kind of a non-post. It’s mostly so that the blog doesn’t look completely abandoned since the last time I posted was back in March.
I’m hoping to start posting more regularly. They might be a bit… more like commenting on articles I read or something like that. Not really the big drawn-out pieces I always hoped I would be writing. There’s only so much you can do when you have a big family, work full time and help lead a ministry in the local church.
I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been getting the emails every day now, sometimes twice. I tried the junk mail folder, but somehow, you’ve made it back to my inbox.
So it’s time to unsubscribe, but you’ve left me in a bit of a predicament.
See, I know for a fact that you’re lying to me. Because at the bottom of the email that is sitting here in my inbox, the email that I never should have received because I never actively opted in to get messages about all the stuff I can give you money for, at the bottom of that email is a button.
And that button says “Unsubscribe”.
But I’ve clicked buttons like those before. Oh, I’ve clicked a literal, metric, crapload of those stupid, little buttons.
Only to be brought to a page asking me to do something other than click another button to confirm that I want to unsubscribe. No, that would be too easy for me to do, to actively opt-out of your marketing messages with the tap of a button.
Instead, I have to edit my notification preferences by signing in.
That’s right. I’m so angry about this that I can’t even use real words to describe it.
Instead, I have to use a bunch of emojis and whatnot.
Because having the gall to make me do something other than press a button is so ludicrous that, were I a real-rather-than-pretend British man from the 1940’s, I am literally begging your pardon.
Here’s the deal.
You put the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the newsletter. Go ahead, make me scroll all the way through the whole thing. I’m not reading it anyway. I’m just looking for that button. I am willing to go all the way down there to the bottom of everything to get to that button.
When I press that button, there better be three things waiting for me:
- The words, “By confirming, you are unsubscribing”
- A pre-populated text field containing my email address
- A button right below it that says, “Confirm”
And that’s it. That is literally all I am asking for. That is the easiest page in the world to code. Here, I can barely write code anymore but I’ll do it for you:
<h1>By confirming, you are unsubscribing</h1> <form> Email Address:<br> <input type="text or the person's email address or whatever" name="emailaddress"<br> </form> <button type="button">Confirm</button>
And that’s it. That’s all you have to do, basically. I mean, the backend for your site might have a lot going on, but seriously, I just gave you the front end code. That’s all you need.
So please, for the love of all that is good and lovely, don’t make me sign into an account that I never use just to unsubscribe from your stupid newsletter?
I’ve been writing at least 500 words every day this month in an attempt to get back into the habit of doing so. A couple of the posts that are here have been a result of that practice.
Most of what I have been writing can never see the lift of day, though. Even with multiple rounds of editing it is really bad. Apparently if you keep writing, though, it gets better.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:44-48
I honestly don't see how you can be a Christian and also support the use of torture in any form for any reason. The sanctity of life doesn't end at the doors of your enemies.
Here is some more reading on the subject:
We have too much social media. Too much being revealed by the “crooked mainstream media”. America’s president-elect is the embodiment of too much.
What I’m burnt out on, however, is the blame being placed directly on mainstream media. This is the year 120171. If you are complaining on the internet about how the media is spinning things, you have already lost your argument.
You’re already on the internet. The problem is that by outsourcing your news and information to links that are shared by the outrage machine that is Facebook, you’ve surrendered your right to complain about it.
The media has been spinning everything since it began. Spin is present on both sides of the dividing line. Before, that was a big problem because we the people had no other way to find things out. Now, we can look at original source material. We can see video footage of events. We can broadcast our own take on everything.
At best, blaming the mainstream media for doing what it does is to declare the obvious. At worst, it’s basically just laziness.
- I have a feeling someone will be angry or concerned because of that link. And I know I may have just made a writing project for myself for another day. ↩
We started this year with so much hope.
We had just gotten pregnant again and I was starting to have conversations that would hopefully lead us back to the U.K. where we want to live and be on mission and in ministry. By the end of January, both of those things came to an end.
We miscarried on the 26th of January.
The goal of making it to the U.K. this year ended for the third year in a row.
But I also watched my daughters turn 6 and 5. And we went camping and watched them start to really thrive in school. I sat and listened to them reading to me. I watched my son become absolutely obsessed with Batman in the way that only a three-year-old can obsess about something.
We nearly moved to Paris for a ministry job, but God made it clear that that isn't where He wants us. I left behind the day job that I had worked for three and a half years for a better job and more time at home. I got to quit working at Chipotle and we still managed to make the rent.
I got to smoke tobacco and drink really good beer with my dearest friend/arch-nemesis.
Tracy got pregnant again. The baby is due in a month.
I finally got reconnected with an old friend and may actually have a way to do ministry, get educated and live in the U.K.
2016 was a really hard year for literally everybody to live through. But we are almost out of it. And I hope to God that 2017 goes better than 2016.
The Babylon Bee is one of the best things to ever happen to Christians online, but the comments are shamefully embarrassing.
Between the people that have never heard of satire and the people who are deeply offended that their tribe got made fun of, there is a treasury of stuff to get annoyed at. It makes me wish there wasn't a comment section on Facebook. It never adds to the discussion of the article in question and always has these comments:
- "Hey, I thought this was satire"
- "Stop making fun of Christians"
- "Oh my goodness, what is becoming of the church?" Followed by "You do realize this is satire, right?"
- "I have nothing to say about the article but it looks like there are people here who will read whatever I write"
And that continues and continues on and on forever and ever, amen.
The comment I see the least is also the most appropriate and it's the easiest to write. If you see something funny from The Babylon Bee on Facebook, the only thing you need to write is some variation of lol.