I am empty, woe is me
A recent comment on my old meaning of Christmas post:
Jeff as I read this article my heart became broken for you. Your emptiness is so deep I can see it your writtings. Not knowing you personally I cannot assume anything but my hope and prayer for you is that the Lord will reveal Himself to you in ways you cannot even explain away and your faith will be restored. You have a wonderful gift of knowledge but even Solomon says it’s worthless without the Lords heart (Ecclesiastes1). Your purpose is far more greater then the one your living for right now. The one you are living for will get smashed up in this machine of life but the one the Lord has for you will last for eternity. Please find your faith again and fill that emptiness you have.
You know, I’ve never really understood this. As she notes, she doesn’t know me. And yet, she’s giving me life advice based on her understanding that I’m “empty” (and apparently not just normal emptiness, but really obvious deep emptiness). Now, I don’t go around giving people my assessment of their life based on a blog (especially one that isn’t particularly personal). I try not to make assumptions about what an individual should believe about gods. I think society would probably be better off without religion and personal beliefs are fun to debate, but people are perfectly capable of being very nice Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Wiccans, etc. This seems like a reasonable approach to me. It is apparently not reasonable to this person.
Now, I’ll concede that she probably wrote this out of genuine concern. But genuine or not, making assumptions about someone you don’t know reflects poorly on you. Here’s the extent of my personal advice: it would do her good to take off the blinders and realize the world is a little more complicated than “your life sucks without Jesus.”