We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many Christians misinterpret Jesus' promise of the "abundant life" to mean perfect health, a comfortable lifestyle, constant happiness, full realization of your dreams, and instant relief from problems through faith and prayer. In a word, they expect the Christian life to be easy. They expect heaven on earth.
This self-absorbed perspective treats God as a genie who simply exists to serve you in your selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment. But God is not your servant, and if you fall for the idea that life is supposed to be easy, either you will become severely disillusioned or you will live in denial of reality.
While a Bible College student in the '80s I witnessed a wave of the "word of faith" movement sweep over campus and had a moment of recognition that has stayed with me since, when I witnessed one of my fellow students "laying hands"(not kicking or any of that) on the soda machine in the dorm while praying for his money back. I think he tried to cast a demon out of it too.
It was so surreal that I had to go sit in the chapel and contemplate on it for a while....I was gone a few semesters later when I realized it was not going to end any time soon.