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We're All Bastards But God Loves Us Anyway

Updated on November 04, 2010

Human beings are complex creatures. The power of our minds is incomprehensible. We are capable of solving complex problems and expressing a variety of emotions. All of us are capable of the greatest good and unspeakable evil, often on the same day.

I can hold the door for a lady at the store, exchange pleasantries, and then get in my car and curse at the same lady for cutting me off in traffic.

I can extol the virtues of marriage and at the same time have caused the pain of divorce.

I can judge someone for yelling at their kids in public, knowing full well that I’ve lost my temper with my kids in public in the past.

I can jump on the bandwagon of encouraging everyone around me to vote, and then get ‘too busy’ to cast my ballot.

I can sit in judgment of all of the problems related to the housing crisis, knowing full well that I overextended myself in the past and lost my home.

I can accuse one political party for overspending, knowing that my party of choice hasn’t fared much better.

I can hate being slandered by someone who doesn’t know me, and turn around and slander another person that I don’t know.

I can complain about litter on the freeway, and then throw my straw wrapper out the window, thinking ‘one more little piece won’t hurt anything’.

I can have my heart broken and cry out in pain, and then turn around and break the heart of another.

I can talk to my children about staying out of debt while we’re sitting in a restaurant where I will pay with my Visa and carry a balance.

I can talk all day long about conserving energy, until I’m in a hurry and have to stomp on the gas to get where I’m going.

I can encourage you to keep your mind sharp through reading and study, and then plop down on the couch later and watch Judge Judy or South Park.

I can tell you how negative emotions such as jealousy can ruin your life, while harboring many of the same emotions in my own life.

I can look at a person who looks like they may need a shower and make all kinds of judgments about them, without realizing that they could do the same to me if they caught me right after I had mowed the lawn on a hot day.

I can wish that people wouldn’t judge me until they’ve walked in my shoes, and then quickly judge another, though I haven’t walked in his.

Will Campbell once stated it bluntly – “We’re all bastards, but God loves us anyway.” We’re saints and sinners. We are the accusers and the accused. We are lovers and haters. We all speak out of both sides of our mouth.

In the words of the great theologian Bo Diddly, “Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself.”

Jesus said the same thing, and you don’t have to be religious to see the wisdom in it. When a woman was caught in adultery, and was getting ready to be stoned by a crowd of people for what she had done, Jesus said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Upon hearing these words, everyone dropped their stones and walked away.

We should do the same.

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      Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      If only people would listen! The golden rule is it.

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      Shil1978 6 years ago

      So true, but who listens? I often see people judging others negatively when I know that they've themselves done much the same thing in their lives. Yes, indeed, we are complex creatures. We preach something to others, yet do the opposite all the time. Nice hub Stan - thanks for sharing :)

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      SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...good one Stan!...love the title!

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      Megavitamin 6 years ago

      You speak the truth, my fellow bastard! Gives us all something to think about (and probably forget all-too-quickly) today. Thanks!

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Now this was profound and beautiful. I just loved it. I'll print this and hang it in my office as a reminder. Because God knows, I am a bastard. This was excellent Stan.

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      Rachael Fields 6 years ago from KC, MO

      Loved this. I am in the middle of writing my own hub similar to this line of thought. Well done for bringing it up and standing up for the 'hypocritcal' way humans think and act. I enjoyed it!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Very well put, and profound Stan, and not the slighest whiff of "toejam" about it. Thankyou.

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      We all wear a mask / beneath our "morality" / lies the hidden self..... As a proverb goes "Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if done by nice people like us" :)

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken. If only everyone was perfect like me. I'm a half English half Australian bastard, much worse than a American one. Although The Bush's might tick a few boxes. We knew you were one without informing us anyway mate. Cheers

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      Dawn71 6 years ago from UK

      So true, we're complex creatures us humans, all so unique yet all the same when it comes down to it. We're all nuts really ;) Really enjoyed this.

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      Sabrae 6 years ago from Georgia

      I think that is just life and the way we are made. We will always say and preach one thing and yet do another. I try to live my life not so much like that, but in the end I somehow always do it.

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      couturepopcafe 6 years ago

      A strong reminder of what we should strive to be - blameless and above all loving, understanding, and forgiving for we are all products of our upbringing, environment and experience. Voted up.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Austin - We mess up the golden rule all the time, but it is the best way to live. Glad you stopped by to read this one. It's one of my personal faves.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Shil - glad you liked it. I'm trying harder to live by it and cut people a lot more slack. Thanks for reading!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Someway - I wish I could take credit for the title (quote), but ever since I read it in a book several months ago, it has stuck with me. I want to find a church where the pastor would preach a sermon with that title. Thanks for reading!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Mega - good to see you again. We forget this all too often. But this is the way I really want to live.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Lisa - Glad you liked it enough to print it off. That means a lot to me. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Rgarnett - Thanks for resonating with this. We're all hypocrites. The person who doesn't believe that he is is the biggest of all. Glad you took the time to comment.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Christopher - While I love writing quirky stuff, this one is one of my favorites. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks as always for reading and for your comment.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Silentreed - That is a great quote in your comment and makes my point well. That's why Jesus said to remove the two by four from your own eye before you help someone else remove the speck from theirs.

      No matter your religious affiliation, or lack thereof, that is a brilliant statement.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Attemptedhumour - I'm glad you read this. It will help my next hub make more sense when you read it. Working on it now. It's called "Why Attemptedhumour is a Bastard". I thought I would have it done by now, but I've contacted all of your family and acquaintances and I've got so much material that I can't figure out what to leave out.

      LOL - loved your comment.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks Dawn. It's definitely food for thought. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      gq - you're absolutely right. The key is to recognize it. It's easy to be self-righteous. Much harder to recognize that we're all in the same boat. Thanks for you comment.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      couture - great points. Glad you stopped by and took the time to comment.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      You Bastard,Stan. I was looking for a laugh and found the spiritual Stan. Where is the irreverant Stan? Great Hub with a mighty message.

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      rx4u 6 years ago

      So true Stan, so very true indeed!

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      psychicdog.net 6 years ago

      Absolutely agree - no body is without a bad side! So it also becomes a question of hiding it or hanging out the dirty laundry!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You're one helluva philosopher, Stan. Your words enrich the soul.

      Thanks.

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      travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Yes, yes and yes! Stan this is so true.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Sligo - The irreverent Stan is over at the Toe Jam hub, which was sritten on the same day as this one.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      RX - good to see a new reader here. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Pdog - Thanks for your commnent. We're all guilty of being hypocrites to one degree or another.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Lorlie - Thanks so much. Glad you read this one.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Tespresso - Thanks for stopping by again. I really appreciate it.

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      ACSutliff 6 years ago

      Stan,

      Nice contrast, good points. The ending is especially great. All those examples really bring your point into focus, and make it relevant to all of us. My favorite line is: I can wish that people wouldn’t judge me until they’ve walked in my shoes, and then quickly judge another, though I haven’t walked in his.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      The world would be a better place if all did just some of this. Will share on FB and vote up

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Yes and we all were born to hustle apples down the boulevard of the dead. When God created love He didn't give us any help, and when He created hate we were handed a standard utilitarian tool.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Stan, man!, I just happened by, and the title grabbed me by the big toe and I read but to find a very amusing description of me, and I thought we had not even met!

      All buttons up.

      Peace, 50

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      this is so true, we all act this way, it's just human nature. Great Hub I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great write! I'm with you! God bless!

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Oh, do I recognize myself in much that you wrote! You're a wise person, Stan. Also glad to see you're a reader of Will Campbell. In his book, BROTHER TO A DRAGONFLY, he wrote about the rural south--that poor area of Mississippi where I was born and spent the first ten years of my life, then later a couple more. Since he mentioned my mom in the book with affection and was a hero to my next younger sister and me, we often wished that she had married "Will Davis", and he had been our daddy. Kids are allowed to dream, aren't they? JAYE

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      AC - glad you got something out of it. I liked that line the best too. Thanks as always for reading. Maybe I should write something for your class. How old are they?

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Granny - thanks so much for sharing this. I usually write humor, but this was one of my faves. Really glad you enjoyed it....

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Ralwus - "we all were born to hustle apples down the boulevard of the dead". Where do you get this stuff? That was really cool. Boulevard of the Dead would be a great title for a CD. Your other point was well made too. It's a heck of a lot easier to be a bastard than it's good counterpart.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      50 - I'm gonna' dig into your hubs this week. I've seen your great comments all over the place and we read a lot of the same people. Thanks for stopping by here and for the great comment. It's a helluva description of me too.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Vietnamvet - Great to see you here. I looked at some of your hubs today. We don't see eye to eye on politics, but that's OK. I'm not a flamethrower or mudslinger. I would rather find things in common. And the things in this hub that we have in common are a lot more important than that other crap anyway. Really glad you stopped by. Visit again. And thank you for your service to our country. I really appreciate it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Micky Dee - you're in the same category as 50 Caliber - someone I see all over the comments of the hubbers that I read, and yet someone I've yet to check out. I will be doing that this week. I always love your comments on other's hub. Thanks for stopping by and leaving one here. Visit anytime.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Jaye - OK, now you REALLY have my curiosity piqued. I don't know anything at all about Mr. Campbell, but his quote is fantastic. I must hear more about him, why your mom was mentioned in his book, etc.... Do tell... And thanks for reading and commenting.

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      erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

      WOW!!! Really really loved this hub! And my gosh is it true! Great job on this one and thank you for sharing!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Erth - you're welcome. And thank you very much for reading.

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      Steve Schroeder 6 years ago

      Great hub Stan, it is so true in every way you shared! Lucky there is a God who understands that and forgives us anyway!

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      ACSutliff 6 years ago

      Stan,

      I teach six graders, and they could use a lesson in the value of listening to each other and slowing down instead of interrupting. Thanks for offering, I'm very interested. That line makes me think of the book Walk Two Moons, a great book worth checking out. Thanks, Stan!

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      geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Great hub Stan every word is true :) ge

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      This is so sad but true, awesome hub well done!

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

      Thank God for God! :)

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Steve - Yep, that's the point. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      geegee - thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Phoenix - thank you. It is sad, but also easily fixed if we're aware of it.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Feline - indeed. Thanks for reading.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      AC - I'll see what I can do....6th graders! Wow. That's about the craziest age there is.

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      Benedictus64 6 years ago

      I don't think I could ever "get ready" to be stoned. Perhaps you mean "was about to get." Lol, good article though, seriously. Keep up the good work.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Bene - good point. :) Thanks so much for reading.

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      blackmarx 6 years ago from Rice Lake, WI

      Stop it, you mind reader.

      Except in this event

      I can complain about litter on the freeway, and then throw my straw wrapper out the window, thinking ‘one more little piece won’t hurt anything’.

      What I think is 'it is made of such thin paper it will dissolve after one good rain fall'.

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      Coming of Age 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Very nicely stated Stan....I read through twice.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Blackmarx - I have the same thought. And in the grand scheme of things, a few straw wrappers probably don't do that much long-term damage. My point, and I know you got it, is that we're all hypocrits. Welcome to the club.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      CofA - that's a really great compliment. I really appreciate it.

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      Fenixfan 6 years ago from Mississippi

      Very well stated. We are all bound to sin and evil by nature. Sometimes our tempers get the best of us and lash out words we later regret, but in the end God does still love us. I am a Christian myself, but this is a great hub for anyone to read because it shows how we are not perfect in any way and explains how each of us are often hyps. Voted us.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Fenix - Glad you dropped by. I'm a fan of Phoenix too, although I'm not sure that's what your name means. Your avatar is giving me a strange, subconscious desire to hit the floor and do a few thousand situps.

      Really glad you took the time to read and leave a comment.

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      Sammy 6 years ago from Australia

      I loved the last paragraph! :) Great Hub Thanks, SF

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Sammy - I plaguerized the last paragraph from the Bible, so I can't take credit for it, but I'm really glad you liked the hub. Thanks for reading! I'm afraid I just misspelled plaguerized. Too lazy to spellcheck it.

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      Sammy 6 years ago from Australia

      Plaguerized is a suitable word! hopefully there will be no locusts and floods to come because of it though... :/

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      John Harper 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Great and revealing hub, should be standard reading for any new believer and required reading for every faithful long term churchgoer, like once a month, read out from the front!

      BTW you will have a new follower in about 30 seconds!

      John

      (thanks Dusty for linking this!)

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Sammy - LOL

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      aqua - thanks for reading and following. I really appreciate it. You may regret it after you read some of the other weird crap I've written, but glad you liked this one.

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      Daniel J Brereton 6 years ago from New York, NY

      great hub...it reminds me of some Heraclitus i was reading a few weeks ago...keep writing these personal type stories and hubs!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Daniel - I'm proud to know that you read my stuff and also stuff by ancient dudes whose names I can't pronounce. I'll keep writing if you keep reading. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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      jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi

      Great Hub, Stan. I had to stop and make sure you weren't talking to ME!

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      JT - If the shoe fits. But seriously, glad you checked this one out. One of my personal faves.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Excellent hub, Stan. It's been said, "when you point a finger at someone else, there are four pointing back at yourself." Judging is a dangerous slippery-slope for all of us.

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      FloBe - thanks so much for stopping by and reading this one. This is one of my personal faves. Again, thank you.

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      john27 6 years ago

      Praise the lord good work stan .

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      John - thanks. Glad you liked it....

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      Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Great work here. Have a grand holiday season and a most prosperous and joyful new year. Had a holiday waltz on your buttons while voting up to the sky. :D hugs :D

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks for waltzing on my buttons Sa'ge! Same to you!

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      george 6 years ago

      We are all bastards but God loves us anyway. This is so true. But why are we hating each other?

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      Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      George - probably because it's easier, or seems easier. Love seems more painful to many people than hate does I guess.

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      suffilover 5 years ago from Nafplio (soon to move)

      Can you explain this to some religious freaks, so they will stop spreading condemnation everywhere to people, when they do much worse, than those they curse.? If God loves us anyway. Why do they stick their nose where it does not belong?

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      david 3 years ago

      you tell that to some pastors out there who think we are doomed to hell, unless our moral code agrees 100+% with theirs. I don't want to be a sheep. I want to make a difference.

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