Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lifestyle Choices

"It's not normal!" I shouted at my home boy, Sky.
"He was born that way," Sky replied. "It's not a choice, that's just who he is."
"He chose to be that way!" I replied. "This is so embarrassing. I've made my life standing against that kind of nonsense and here he is, making me look bad. I'm embarrassed of my son!"

As you can see, I'm having a hard time coming to terms with the potential of my son becoming one of them. You know who they are. They wave Bibles around and use it to justify their lifestyles. I just can't deal with it. I just don't want my son to live his life that way. But Sky swears that there is nothing wrong with my son's position. The simple fact of the matter is that it appears that my son appears to be leaning toward being a Christian and no matter how I feel about it, I've simply got to accept this and love him regardless.

It started innocently enough. Since I don't have cable in my apartment, so I buckled and bought a digital converter box. The box is actually pretty cool and for someone like myself that doesn't want much tv, the 50 channels that this provides is more than enough and best of all, I don't have another monthly bill like I would if I'd ordered cable instead.

There are even a few channels on there that I would never have had if I had cable instead. And among them is the SMILE channel. The SMILE channel features nothing but 24-hour Christian cartoons. Since we've had to make the transition into a new place and my son got his own room, I've done whatever I could do to make things easier for him. So once he discovered a channel with around the constant cartoon access, we were both elated.

But one day I sat and watched the cartoons and noticed that despite them being kinda cheesy, at least they had a semi decent message, once you get away from all of the biblical stuff. But the day soon came where my son wanted to see nothing but the SMILE channel. At one point I tested him by turning to a cartoon on another channel and he demanded that I turn back. And since then, I've been held captive by cartoons about Noah, Jonah, and Jesus.

I'm not opposed to Christianity or even Christians. I just don't like how the most powerful of the Christians tend to be so- churchy. I've come across Christians that are loving, loyal, and accepting. But then there are the others. The others that believe what anyone tells of the Cloth tells them. They pay 10% religiously, despite barely being able to feed their children, and they'll turn on their friends and loved ones for having different beliefs.

So now, here's my kid. I've never even had a conversation with him about Jesus but somehow he's a follower of sorts. Its okay though, there's still plenty of time for me to talk some sense into him.

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