I have been writing the Theology Pub for years (February 7th, 2013 is when I came up with the basic idea). I have been using pin-up girl style art to set them off from my normal posts (First time was July 6th, 2013) for almost as long. The first time I used a pin-up in relation to theology in allegorical form it just fit. The writing was a story that held more than a story and pin ups are by their nature something that holds more in their imagery than just a naked or partially naked girl. I have also been posting my blog posts on Facebook since the very beginning so all of these factors have been their for years.
So you can imagine my surprise when I was jumped for this post : Theology Pub – The Angel of Death. Not because it was poorly written nor because people disagreed with the direction or plot of the story. Nope, it was because of the artistic image I used to set it off with – a bikini clad angel with black wings. I actually picked it after I wrote the blog post because the picture fit the story so well. But, for people raised in more fundamentalist ideals it was suddenly the worst thing ever. It degenerated into a defensive battle of comments for me with me reminding people of other post I wrote on nudity, art and other factors but no one really listened or cared. I don’t think people read the post to see what it was about, they just assumed I was evil because of the image. I think I gained a more up close understanding of Jesus understanding of not ‘judging after the outward appearance but judge righteous judgment’ in a negative way. Sigh.
The long and short of it is that I had to basically stop posting on my own personal Facebook and had to create a separate page for me as a Writer and drop the posts there. I have a really dark cloud of the soul feeling about the whole thing. I hate the attitude of not getting all your facts before you criticize and I also hate the idea that people judge you before they even listen to everything you have to say. I also have a hard time with Christians in particular who haven’t looked at the Bible differently in years because they have gotten it right the first time they looked at it. Sigh again. Oh well. I now have a writer page so that is good. I just don’t like the way it came about.
The Soul Rundown:
Writing: I can say this hasn’t influenced my writing too much. I plan on staying on the edge as much as possible and it wont stop me from using pin ups to illustrate a point about anything I think it illustrates a point about for whatever purpose. This incident really has just darkened my mood about certain Christians and that is about it.
Reading: I am reading a lot for school but I have all this downtime in between classes so I have been reading Atlas Shrugged. Ferris actually has a lot of good lounge type areas where reading is a real possibility without much noise.
Family: Looks like a second grandchild is on the way I am excited for my daughter again. That said most of the rest of the family thing is in cruise control because of school. I really don’t have a lot of control here.
Finances: Still looking for a second job to alleviate some of the financial stress that is current. If I can find the time for it.
Blessings and Cheers!!!