We have a neighbor who doesn't know us other than small talk over the fence. She certainly doesn't know my husband at all. Since we've lived here (8 months) he's worked up to 20 hours a day - 21 days on - 4 days off. So she sees him just every now and again.
Yesterday she stopped to chat and was asking about him working on his truck over the weekend. I told her he had to take the drive shaft back to the shop like 4 times before they got it right and when they finally found the right part he was like "thank you lord!" (just a generalization about how relieved he was to get it fixed)
She piped right in (Like it was a joke) and took a shot at him by saying "oh, NOW he found that religion when he needed something".
We are Christian and while she don't see us go to church - we join our home church via webcam every Sunday and Wednesday. (We've been transferred temporarily so instead of switching churches we kept our home church and just "attend" technologically - we're being transferred back in 4 months.) I record sermons that he misses and he catches up when he can. We even Skype our Study Class so that we can participate in real time.
She doesn't know any of this - but of course she's never asked either. I can take her shots at me - but yesterday I almost snapped on her. And all I could think was how dare she brag about how much she loves God and is doing "His work" when all I see is a busy body, nosey, judgmental, snide person who thinks slipping insults into a conversation is the What Jesus Would Do. She started making comments like this when I turned her church invitations down - it's almost like if we don't go to church with her, then our 'walk' must not be real or sincere in her eyes.
I know we're supposed to turn the other cheek - but I'm about ready to take her head off. Cracks about the way I dress ("My husband loved when I dressed all gaudy too") cracks about us driving an SUV (she drives a Prius) ("doing YOUR part to keep God's earth clean huh"), cracks about how much shopping she thinks I do ("Boy, You're stewarding your husband's money today aintcha"), even cracks about my hair! (wow, God sure wanted people to know you from a distance didn't He) (my hair is very, very curly naturally LOL) - its just never ending with her.
What the heck is up with people like that - it makes you wanna smack them sometimes. Or just go off like a roman candle in a fire. Do people really think slipping snide comments and hidden insults into conversations is okay - or do they even notice they're being like that? Is there scripture to help me combat her and shut her up? I'm just sick of it all.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:09 AM on May. 16, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs
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