Cliff is leaving for work. This makes three days down and one to go. He and I have both been surprised at our lack of enthusiasm for his working, even though it's only for one week a month and only during winter months. All of a sudden, it's like he isn't totally retired any more. At least it's only this month and two more; then we'll be back to following our own timetable, doing what we please when we please.
Cliff said, "Maybe if we needed the money it would be easier."
I usually avoid anything controversial on my blog; I really felt like I was sticking my neck out when I did the three recent entries about church attendance, but everyone has been very civil. All three of those entries have been tweeted and shared several times, so I may be getting bashed somewhere on the Internet. But at least it hasn't been here on my blog, and I appreciate that. The comments have been from all kinds of people: atheists, church-goers, and people who are spiritual or Christian, but are not church-goers. There was one person on Facebook letting me know good and well that I am not putting God first (I already knew that), but everybody has been nice.
If you missed any of these entries, here are the links: Entry 1, which was tweeted once and Facebooked 20 times; Entry 2, tweeted twice and Facebooked 13 times; Entry 3, a guest post, tweeted once and Facebooked 6 times; and the last entry, just below this one.
My readers allowed me to be honest, and those who commented were equally honest.
I know the church (all flavors thereof) would like to change the current trend of shrinking memberships, but I don't think that's going to happen. I've seen them do everything possible to get people back in church, with very little result. I do intend to get myself to church this Sunday. There are a couple of local ones we haven't been to yet, and we need to try them all before we choose one. Unfortunately, this is only going to put a couple more gray heads in the crowd, wherever we end up.
It is my very strong opinion (and we all know the saying about opinions) that religion should be kept out of politics. Just because a candidate is a preacher doesn't make him qualified to run the country.
Another opinion: I'm pretty sure atheists are not going to change the minds of believers, and believers are not going to change the minds of atheists, so we should just enjoy one another's company and try to get along.