First, it has been brought to my attention, by my mother, that she did NOT hold hands with that boy as I stated in the previous post. The true story is she was lying next to the boy while watching Journey To The Center Of The Earth. And since the term "got laid" was used in the Bible, she just assumed breaking the 45 degree angle rule would immediately result in pregnancy. My bad mom. Thanks for clarifying.
Now, on to today's rant. I've been mulling this one over for a couple of weeks. And my irritation doesn't appear to be decreasing, but increasing. Thus the topic passed the litmus test for blog material.
"So", you say, "what is bugging the hell out of Carrie this week?"
People! Elder U did not invent the wheel...neither did he invent this saying. So why is it that it's been slapped on the bumpers of cars for YEARS but no one paid any attention to it until the uber attractive Elder U brought it up and stated it with his solid German accent? I mean seriously? This is not a new concept. In fact, I think it's the same concept that Jesus was talking about when he said, "he who is without sin, cast the first stone". Do we NEED to have kitschy little sayings hanging on our walls to remind us to not be religious ass holes? Do we? Because that is how I feel about this.
I was talking to a friend today who mentioned that her MIL was on the forgiveness wagon, "with everyone else", all because of Elder U's talk. As soon as she said this I had the image of hundreds of Utah women, all done up to the hilt with their big hair and layered tank tops, baking cookies for all of their "non member" neighbors as a token of peace and friendship. When the reality is, those same layered tanked women will still not let their children play with the neighbors because heaven forbid, they drink...or swear...or just wear plain tank tops (without the shade shirt...GASP).
I honestly think a religious culture has hit a new low when the concept of not being judgmental is a modern day revelation. This should just be a given. I'm embarrassed that it's not. I'm embarrassed that Elder E had to use precious conference time to tell us to "Stop It". To stop being offended, and insulted, and feeling like victims, and to stop judging, and hating, and being mean.
Seriously? Do we need to go back to the tacky WWJD bracelets so we have a daily reminder to be nice to others? Do we need to make it into a cute wall hanging? Do we need it scrolled in vinyl all over the living room wall? Do we need the prophet to say to us, "you may not smoke or drink or have sex out of wedlock, but you stuff your face with sugar and unhealthy foods and use your body as a garbage can"? I mean, is one really worse than the other? Does one earn you less points on the "sin scale"?
The reality is we all need to just lighten up, chill out, and calm down. It's so easy to get wound up in the details. I know, I do it all of the time...which is why I'm medicated with an insanely high guilt complex. It's not healthy on multiple levels. So let's all pull down the tacky wall reminders and just be honest with ourselves. We all suck, for different reasons. Let's accept that and move on.
Editor's Note: Yes, I realize that by writing about this I am being a total hypocrite...but let it be known that I am a hypocrite who acknowledges being a hypocrite.