I'm in Florida right now with the family, and I thought I'd share some of my reflections on how awesome it is to be one of the godless while engaging in some rest and relaxation.
5. I don't have to waste my time going to church while on vacation.
This is obvious. How many of us who were raised in faith got dragged to some strange church while on vacation by our parents? My parents dragged me down to Florida (ironic since that's where I am now) quite a few times back in the day, and we attended Southern Baptist services. Having been raised in Massachusetts I couldn't help but think that going to a church that supported slavery was tantamount to treason. (Much like going to a Lutheran church would make any informed person feel like they're supporting the Third Reich.)
4. I don't have to try to tell my kids that Jesus is more awesome than science.
We were at the Kennedy Space Center and saw this re-entry capsule from Apollo 14. This man made wonder was shot out into space, and brought back astronauts who had walked on the moon. Pretty amazing stuff, I'd say. At no point did I need to say anything like, "You know, my children, the knowledge to send human beings out into and walk on the Moon is nothing compared to the wonders of LBJ (Little Baby Jesus)."
3. I'm not pointing out that a spacesuit won't save them from the Tribulation.
Above is one of the designs for a spacesuit that was on display. This suit is my favorite because it reminds me of the Cybermen from Dr Who. But if I were a Christian maybe I'd feel the need to point out that even if you were floating in space or in the TARDIS God's love would still make your life miserable during the Tribulation.
2. The world is a pretty amazing place, and not some parking lot you're stuck in. Enjoy it.
|Here is my boy, Will, checking out the|
wonders around the Kennedy Space Center.
Christians typically look at the real world as some shadow of heaven -- a place of darkness and sin. Those of us not stuck in that myth know that our universe is a place of wonder. Being on vacation is a chance to explore, ask questions, and maybe even get some answers.
1. I Get Some Validation That I'm Doing Something Right As A Parent
Will bought a reprocuction of a NASA flight suit from the gift shop with his own money (I just wanted to point out that he used his own cash because of the outrageous price. I'm far to cheap to shell out that kind of cash for something like that.) He loved that thing so much that he put it on immediately when we arrived back at the hotel and went to sleep in it. In comparison, he bought Mickey Mouse ears last night and the novelty has already worn off.