Too many thoughts, too little time.

Pick and Choose

7000 sq ft

I know a girl, she is maybe 20? I’m not sure though. We aren’t real close, but Brad and her had been friends, he babysat her and her siblings when they were younger.

She’s been kicked out of her home, and left on her own. Brad’s dad is letting her stay in his house while he waits to sell it (he just got married and moved in with his wife.) The girl was kicked out, luckily with a job, but, very little real world experience. She’s sweet, but, very very naive. Nicky is engaged, and doing pretty well. Though, she’s sad about losing her family.

Nicky has a brother, Eddie. Eddie is even younger. Last year, Eddie was going to marry a girl on the other side of the world, and go straight to her after high school. Maybe it matters, maybe it doesn’t. But, Nicky and Eddie were home schooled. Luckily, foreign girl broke up with Eddie. Eddie was kicked out shortly after Nicky was. Eddie was kicked out because at 18, he told his parents he’d like to look for a job and start saving up to move out. They said if he felt that way he could get out now. So, he did. He moved in with Nicky.

Why was Nicky kicked out though, you might be asking. Nicky was kicked out because she had a boyfriend. Because she won a cruise, and took her boyfriend on the cruise. And, because she wears short skirts. Nicky’s boyfriend is now her fiancé. I’ve met her, and her skirts have gotten, very, very short, and very very tight. I kind of figure it is a phase, she’ll out grow it. She’s figuring out who she is, and what is acceptable, after years of having every thought spoon fed to her. I don’t talk much about Brad’s up bringing, but, it was about like mine. And, Nicky’s was maybe a little better. She seems to have gotten a good education, and Brad says their home was immaculate at all times. But, they were definitely “perfect” Christians. Nicky and Eddie were kicked out because they weren’t good enough.

Recently, Nicky posted a link, her parents’ home is for sale. Her perfect, Christian, parents’ home. Nicky and Eddie have one other sister. So, 3 kids all together. 5 people. The house is 7,000 sq ft. I won’t post the actual home, but the one at the top is the same size. For 5 people. 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. An in-law suite. SEVEN.THOUSAND.SQUARE.FEET. We have 4 people living here, and our home is just about 1,200 sq ft. We could make so with less, honestly. We know that, but, right now we are better off keeping the house than trying to sell.

The kids only did school work 4 days a week, the 5th day was for keeping the house in museum condition. You know…I honestly don’t care what  people do with their money. But it does bother me when people pick and choose what God “meant” in the Bible. Those verses about modest mean you should kick your 19 yr old daughter out for wearing short skirts. But, all that stuff about not building treasures on earth? Totally didn’t mean that. When Jesus told the young rich man to sell all he owned to follow him, that was a parable, it meant…I don’t know, other stuff. Easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven? Liberal Bible writers taking Jesus’ words out of context, I’m sure.

Brad said “Well, I mean, they did used to have a lot of church potlucks at their house, so they did need all the space for entertaining.” Ok…So the truila estimated mortgage on the house was around $2500/month. Brad said he knew the electric bills in the summer were about $600/month. Brad and I wanted a party to celebrate our wedding. Our house isn’t big enough for a party. So, we rented a pavilion in the park. There was a nice kitchen, bathrooms, a fireplace, a gigantic park outside, and enough room for probably 15 tables. For the entire day, the pavilion was $150. And that included cleaning afterwards.

I kind of feel like if you are going to use your perfect Christian lifestyle to justify kicking out your child for a miniskirt, you should reexamine some of your perfect lifestyle.

As I wrote this, I found this article, and have to say, I agree with a large portion of it.

When Pastors Live In Multimillion Dollar Mansions, It’s Not A Sign Of God’s Blessing– But Our Sinfulness

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