It seems that since then, and especially this week, it's become a little contest of the faiths- particularly Christianity versus Paganism- many of these Christian bloggers have taken it to the point of claiming it's Spiritual Warfare.
I'll address that in a moment, but I'd also like my readership to know that Mrs. B has also received anonymous death threats via email and blogger comments... and that's just taking things way too far.
Death threats over a blogging contest because someone doesn't share your faith? What kind of Kool-aid are they feeding these people at their churches to make them believe that this kind of behavior is okay?
Spiritual warfare?? Are you KIDDING ME?????? IT'S A BLOGGING CONTEST! Do these people really believe that Jesus gives a rat's a$$ about it? Do they honestly think HE believes this is a war he'd put his seal of approval on?
I've always taught my kids to choose their battles wisely.
If Jesus ever did exist, or was God incarnate, I know for a fact he wouldn't be that petty, nor would he believe that Satan's minions won something over his minions by being in a blogging contest.
And, I also have to wonder if these people really ARE Christians or if they've ever read about this guy they claim to follow.
Mrs. B has been a shining example of what Jesus would have done if the shoe was on the other foot. She never was a Christian, by the way; Yet, this woman shows more Christ-like behavior than any Christian blogger I've seen to date.
She hasn't railed against them.. she's "turned the other cheek"; She's been sure to point out that not all of the Christian bloggers in the contest are as evil as the ones who attacked her.
She's not whined, complained or dropped out of the contest, even though I'm sure she's wanted to (remember, she didn't sign herself up for this- someone else did)- she's stuck with it, because so many of us have voted for her and have asked her to be our representative as a Pagan Mom of Faith blogger.
I find it both inspiring and very sad that a Pagan is more Christlike than most Christians.
Gandhi once said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are nothing like your Christ." In this, he and I are of one accord.
In the bible it states: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
Since they're resisting, and we're not fleeing, could it possibly be that we're not OF their devil? Could it be that the evil they war against is actually within THEM?
Evil is defined by several dictionaries as "morally reprehensible; arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct."
The Bible says: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20
So, let's see... Mrs. B: behaves with high moral conduct and character.
These christian bloggers: name-calling, call Mrs. B evil, threaten her life, disparage her as a parent, disparage her character, et al...
Who is the evil one again?
I'd also like to also point out that Jesus himself said:
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:15-20
And here is Jesus's warning:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who does what my Father in heaven wants. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name? Didn't we force out demons and do many miracles by the power and authority of your name?' Then I will tell them publicly, 'I've never known you. Get away from me, you evil people.' Matthew 7:21-23
So again, I have to question the validity of their Christianity if they call good evil and evil good: certainly by their blogs, emails and actions I do not see good.
By their fruits I shall know them, and that fruit looks rotten to me.
If you'd like to vote for Mrs. B and the other awesome Pagan moms (as well as some pretty darned cool Christian, Jewish and Muslim moms), head on over to the Circle of Moms contest and vote. You can vote for as many of them as you like once per day until the contest ends on Wednesday. Let's show our truly faithful and loving moms that support.
Post Script: Please note the comments below. One of the lovely Christian bloggers who posted the most beautiful blog about her love in Christ for us Pagans has also had threats from a cyberstalker. Please be sure to show your love and support for her as well. Not ALL Christians behave the way described above.. they really DO follow the teachings of Jesus.