So we’re planning on heading down to Morro Bay sometime early this summer to visit our son and daughter-in-law and grandson and all their beautiful neighbors living in the ocean.
Trying to figure out the easiest way to get there.
An evangelical Christian friend of ours told us to take 99 down to Kettleman Lane / Hwy 12 in Lodi, head west till we get to Flag City, go south on I-5 about 160 miles or so till we reach Exit 309, then head west towards Paso Robles. In maybe half-a-mile we head …south on CA 41, pass through Atascadero till we reach Main Street in Morro Bay. Then we take a left on Harbor Street.
A Jewish friend says to follow 99 all the way down to 152 West, go through Los Banos to Gilroy, then head south on 101. Go through Salinas, and then when we get to Atascadero follow CA 41 to get to Morro Bay.
A Muslim friend says to take 99 to Peltier to 5 to Tracy, 205/580 through Livermore to Dublin, then 680 to 17, down through Santa Cruz, head over to US 1 and drive along the coast to Morro Bay.
All three sets of directions rely on some of the same pathways, the same roads.
Why is it that both the Jews and the Muslims seem to act like unless you follow their specific directions that you’re never going to get there?
And why is it the Evangelicals seem to believe that if you don’t follow their precise map on a yard-by-yard basis that Morro Bay just doesn’t fucking exist for you?
Y’know something else?
You’ve got the Catholics, Anglicans, Greek and Russian Orthodox, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormon, Mennonite, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, the Tea Party and all the Bapticostalepiscabetyrians all heading to the exact same place, sticking with essentially the same roadmap but veering off in different directions along the way from time to time.
I think they call it “dogma”.
And one of the greatest blessings offered to us is to have a personal relationship with God. At least to the best of our hopefully sufficient abilities. After all, we’re just a bunch of goofy assholes stumbling through the varied and unique lives set before us …
… and He’s God.
If the idea is a “personal” relationship, it plainly follows that such a relationship can only survive if a soul’s personality were taken into consideration.
Not all people were meant to hit it off with all people. Once in a while, it ain’t never gonna happen. Uh-uh.
God is someone you really want to know, to have a relationship with. You need to want that with Him as profoundly and passionately as He wants to have it with you.
For it to work, it is going to be by His rules.
For it to survive, it needs to be built upon a will and a spirit that builds within you, not upon a mindset that is hoisted upon your shoulders by outsiders.
But that’s not going to stop them from trying to force it or legislate it.
And it doesn’t have a single damned nor blessed thing to do with politics, okay?
Well, maybe it does in a way:
if your political stance is grounded upon your religious and spiritual principles, you can’t go wrong.
Your religious and spiritual principles planted in your political compost heap?
Then you’re up to your sanctimonious eyeballs in rotted lawn clippings and bullshit.