As Christmas approaches, I'd like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder:
1. Stop suffocating in your unique, literal interpretation of
Scripture. Embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary
even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind
our own fucking business when it comes to our faith.
is absolutely a "War on Christmas", but it has nothing to do with
friendly folks saying "Happy Holidays" or celebrating their own faith
that doesn't subscribe to Christ; it has to do with Christians
themselves morphing what is meant to be a celebration of Christ's life
into a product-happy, merchandising orgy on who can accumulate the most
of what is told to us we should be accumulating.
nothing with buying gifts, of course, but let's not call it a day after
we do that. Why not use the spiritual opportunity and vacation time to
help others? I'm not saying you need to run a soup kitchen (although
that would be great), but I am saying that Christ, after laughing at the
thought of our "Christmas", would probably recommend selling all your
gifts and using that cash to feed and clothe the poor (you know, because
that's literally what he said). And I'm not saying do that either, but
at least make an effort.
4. If "bringing nonbelievers into the
fold" is your primary concern in all this, do it by demonstrating love
in your actions without so much as mentioning "Christ".
for the love of all that is good, stop leaving asshole statements on
restaurant receipts and/or your "Christian" business card that claims
salvation is worth all the money in the world. If it were, you wouldn't
have just paid to eat there, right?