One weird side-effect of the whole house-hunting thing has been witnessing people’s weirdness about the Butcher. And, honestly, I can’t decide if it’s weirdness about the Butcher or weirdness about money. Maybe a little of both.
See, I’m waiting to make an offer on the house until after the Butcher sees it. And, apparently, this is shocking. But he lives with me. He helps pay bills. And I trust his judgment. And yet, even this morning folks were like “Who’s paying for this house? Who’s name is going to be on the mortgage?”
But I trust the Butcher. Even if he didn’t live with me, I’d want him to see the house before I made a commitment to it. And not because he has a magical penis (because, of course, that’s why I had Mack take a look at it), but because he knows me better than most people and I trust his opinion about whether I’m doing the right thing. And it’s not that I’d let him override me; I just want to have his opinion to take into account.
But the whole “who controls the money in the house” issue has been one that’s been ongoing–not for us, I don’t think–but for the people around us. I remember some of the Butcher’s crazy Christian friends who I took to Noshville where they proceeded to pray loudly and then steal things. They were so obnoxious to the waitress that I gave her a 50% tip. When we got home, they told on me to the Butcher, said I was being a bad steward of his money. You know, since he was the man. And men are supposed to control the household money.
This is kind of off-track, but in my mind, linked, because it feels like that same kind of ridiculous surety, someone might let Pastor Pete know that “sincere” DOES NOT mean “without wax” and any quick trip to the OED or even Wikipedia would have told him that he’s spreading an untruth. I can’t say that it’s a “Breaking the Big Ten” level of untruth, but it does go to show that sincerity of belief and the Truth are not the same thing, which is probably a good lesson.
I don’t mean that as a snark against Pastor Pete. He seems like a fine guy from his blog. Maybe it’s not fair to call him out, not being a member of his community. I think I won’t link to him. No need to butt in and be rude.
But, since we’ve decided not to butt in and be rude, can I tell you how much I love that he’s taken a word that is probably pagan at root–“Oxford English Dictionary and most scholars state that sincerity from sincere is derived from the Latin sincerus meaning clean, pure, sound (1525–35). Sincerus may have once meant “one growth” (not mixed), from sin- (one) and crescere (to grow). Crescere derives from “Ceres,” the goddess of grain, as in “cereal.”–and, through his pseudo-etymology, untroubled it for himself theologically?