"...the Vatican newspaper praised Homer Simpson for being a 'true' Catholic."; and went on to say the Simpson family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own way, believes in the life thereafter."
What??? (needle scratch)
Whoa....if that's the case, then my lazy SU and his entire irreverent family are to be commended. And another reason why I refuse to convert.
I was taught that being a 'Fat Baby', or a 'Sunday Christian' wasn't cool. You have to walk the walk, talk the talk. What comes out of your mouth and how you live your life is a reflection of your relationship with God and Christ.
Now granted, everyone slips up. My parents aren't perfect, and yes, I've heard them fight and swear. Just not constantly. And I don't recall my mother walking out of the church after a service and uttering a single swear word as soon as she got into the car.
But it's nothing for my SU to start taking the Lord's name in vain the minute he closes the driver's door.
I encourage my kids not to utter any curse words while in mixed company, and lately I've had to remind my 6-yr-old he's too young to say 'Crap' or 'Sucks'. Years ago, I gave up the 'F' word for Lent, when I realized it was letting it fly more often than I was comfortable saying.
A little hard to do, when I hear kids using the tamer language on ABC Family or even Disney channels.
Am I the only one who loved Highway to Heaven and Touched By an Angel?
And yes, I know a person's faith does not necessarily reflect their lives; after all, I don't write Christian Inspirational stories.
But it just turned my stomach to have TV Guide confirm (throw it in my face??) that I married Homer Simpson.