........ (as some children still do - while slumped over the plate), my very Presbyterian mother would say, “Sit up. And eat your supper like a Christian.”
I thought of that as I read two items in today's paper. One, on B4, is about how the pope (a non-Presbyterian) has been urging Americans to deal with climate change, with the stunning levels of pollution all over the world, with the destructiveness of unregulated capitalism, with the massive poverty it has created. And he has been doing it not out of political or economic ideology. He has been doing it out of his understanding of the Christian faith.
But, being still the child I was raised to be, with strict, Protestant views, I turned to C5 the faith page, for a true example of what Christian faith means. And the true message is – ya gotta have good manners. Yep, sitting up straight at the table like a Christian. That's what it's all about. It's about bein' respectable, makin' sure yer fly's zipped, 'n' keepin' all them women wearin' them heejaps or whatever out of this Christian country.