The Devil Wears Izod

  1. Butrfly4404 says:

    >Oooh…that was powerful!I’m picturing “your” devil now and I kind of wish “mine” had looked like that. We have been searching for a church in our new town and have yet to find one we’d like to attend. We want to go to one where people dress nicely, but not one that’s too strict. Meaning, I don’t want to be told I’m going to Hell every day, but don’t agree that forgivness is there for the taking.What’s funny is that we are in what some people call the “Bible Belt” of Minnesota. And STILL can’t find a church we’d like to go to. DH was raised So. Baptist and I Midwest Lutheran, so maybe that’s the conflict.

  2. >That mydear, was a great post!

  3. Susan says:

    >Wow. Very true.

  4. holly says:

    >good one. cs lewis said something along the lines that there are two opposite yet equal errors in regard to thinking on satan–to believe there is a demon in every bush or to ignore him altogether.

  5. Jilty says:

    >Too much Christmas makes the mommmy go blind….Everytime I read the word “Satan” I thought it said “Santa,” and I had to go back and read it again, to reassure myself that Jolly Old Saint Nick didn’t in fact infiltrate your soul.

  6. John H says:

    >damn, Lindsay, that was an amazing post. The Scene should hire you to write a blog…oh yeah…Seriously, this is one of the best posts I’ve read lately on any subject and I read WAY too many blogs..thanks.

  7. Lahdeedah says:

    >That, I think, was one of your best posts.I come from a Catholic background, and even our devil has been neutered.

  8. Lioness says:

    >I have never been from a denomination that’s been big into hellfire and brimstone. The church I attend, with its <100 members probably fits the quaint country church idea. Yet, even there, religion seems sanitized, as if no one wants to scare away potential members with the threat of hell. One thing that I have noticed about so many of the super-churches, at least in this area, is that the only threat of hellfire that they offer is if you don’t believe exactly as they do. Or if, say, you think for yourself, and don’t smile and nod along with the rest of the pod people.HOWEVER…that’s just been my experience. I agree that for the most part, the devil has been scoured from the surface of most religion, yet we see his handiwork more and more, even within religion.

  9. T. says:

    >Great post. Brought back the memory of the first time I went to the husband’s small town baptist church.The pastor was sermonizing on how all teenagers were tools for the devil.Never did make friends with that man.

  10. June says:

    >awesome post!

  11. Louise says:

    >I love this post. This one and the Trophy Wife shirt one. You are a crack-up. And, honey, the devil never leaves a former baptist. He is in your teeth!

  12. Pickalish says:

    >Oh yea. I had this discussion with my sister the other day. My kids will never know/feel as I did growing up….everything is so mamby pamby anymore. Sigh.

  13. Pageant Mom says:

    >Didn’t you know the devil wears Gap Khakis? ;o)

  14. beck says:

    >I think the fact that he’s gotten us to believe he’s “disappeared” is the biggest sign he’s still alive and kicking.Excellent post.

  15. MommaK says:

    >You just gave me chills…He’s still there even though it’s not pc to say so.

  16. Anonymous says:

    >We just decided to leave one of those small quaint country churches to visit other churches to find people we have more in common with. We better hope we never experience a fire, sickness or poverty because I am pretty sure we will never be getting an kind of casserole again from our old church. Boy, I never thought leaving a church would burn so many bridges!!!!!

  17. sarah cool says:

    >This was a very on-the-spot post. Nice work.

  18. me says:

    >i had to comment on this egg thing. my sister recently moved to Va Beach area. One of the girls she works with asked if she could bring “stuffed”eggs to the Thanksgiving party.My sister having grown up in the heathen north east had no clue at first what a stuffed egg was. As the girl was explaing, my sister said “oh you mean a “deviled” egg”.turns out when she was young her mom wouldn’t call them deviled, because she feared it would make them evil. so i guess your egg thing isn’t so far off.

  19. >Awesome writing. Beautiful post. I especially loved the egg devil, and the doggy paddle, and the closing line. Wow!

  20. Jessica says:

    >Long time reader. First time commenter. I really enjoy your blog and I have to say I love that post.

  21. DramaMama says:

    >Your creativity and the way you express the simplest of thoughts amazes me. You can make anything entertaining and thought provoking. Your talent really is amazing. I admire that and I absolutely LOVE this post.

  22. Angela says:

    >Amen, you preach it sistah!I know you weren’t preaching, but that was very powerful.I’m gonna do my part in changing this. I’m going to start saying “the devil made me do it” more. No one uses that anymore!

  23. Marsha says:

    >Anonymous said:”We just decided to leave one of those small quaint country churches to visit other churches to find people we have more in common with. We better hope we never experience a fire, sickness or poverty because I am pretty sure we will never be getting an kind of casserole again from our old church.”I guess I don’t understand why you would expect a casserole from people that you’ve obviously rejected as not your type?

  24. >I don’t think switching churches is a rejection of the people who go there at all. I have several friends from my church who’ve decided to go elsewhere and if that was the end of our friendship, I would’ve been really shocked and hurt.

  25. Laynie says:

    >While my church doesn’t preach “fire and brimstone,” they take condemnation to another level. Their take is “God won’t love you if you (insert forbidden activity of choice).”I tend to upset the conservatives in my denomination by having pierced ears, wearing skirts above the knee or (gasp!) PANTS to services, and listening to loud music in my car. Fortunately, the conservatives have stopped coming to meet with our particular congregation, probably because of people like me.Satan is there. He is doing his best to bring about our demise. But I think his victories come in smaller packages than we realize sometimes: doubts about God’s love that turn into unbelief, unforgiveness of self, fear about the future that eats us alive, kicking the dog when we’ve had a bad day, neglecting to take advantage of the opportunity to brighten someone’s day at no cost to ourselves . . . those are the things that make him smile. Because those are the expressions of God’s love that he seeks to eliminate. Looking around me at my world, it appears that he is winning.That’s why I’m here. To stop him.

  26. >Great post! Modern churches seem to have adapted the old “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” slogan.

  27. Jodi says:

    >Deep, very very deep. And true, very true. You rock.

  28. kmoye says:

    >whoa! you just blew me away!! wow! THAT really just made me stop and think.

  29. […] the child in me feels betrayed that my own pastor– the man who baptized me — didn’t do more. My church leaders didn’t do more. Other adults in positions of […]

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