Date: July 17, 2017 03:44PM
"We're so blessed." Is anyone else bothered by this remark? It makes my blood boil whenever I hear it or read it in a social media post. Mormons say it a lot.
A blessing, according to the dictionary is a favor or gift bestowed by God. So when people say they are "blessed" they're implying that God favors them.
I have a TBM Facebook friend who is incredibly fortunate. He comes from a very wealthy family and has never had to worry about being without. He's married to a pretty wife with two kids and a beautiful new home, big enough for a family of ten. His wife is constantly posting photos of their frequent vacations to Europe or Hawaii, attendance at expensive sporting events, etc. They let you know how wealthy they are although they think they are very humble about it. Then there's the frequent post of their smiling family with the caption: "we're so blessed." Do people not know how arrogant they appear when they proclaim that they are blessed, especially when they flaunt their wealth? I guess the people who are not as fortunate - struggling to pay the bills, dealing with health issues, starving, etc., are not favored by God.
I think people who constantly declare how blessed they are are trying to be humble, but I think the opposite is true. I think it's appropriate to have gratitude when things go well, but to call all good fortune a "blessing" implies favor from God, which isn't humble at all. Why would God favor one person and not another?