December 23, 2004
The usual Christmas story...
That being said, I'm leaning towards calling it Xmas.This is probably partly because I'm so alienated by Christian extremists. It's a shame too, because I have lots of Chritian friends who I care about respect. I hope I never forget that.
I grew up without Christianity, and now am a Christian who 'wears the religion on their sleeves' (loosly quoted). In other words I can appriechiate both points of view. Mine lies somewhere in the middle.
I would want to say "merry Christmas" to people when I am shopping, or moseying around town. Why shouldn't I? I grew up celebrating Christmas, even without the "Christ" in it. If you celebrate another holiday, tell me. I'm all for multi-culturalism. I'll apologize and wish you happy whatever holiday it is that you are celebrating. No need to get uptight and upset over it.
As for you, person whose name I forget, you commented on 'thinking outside the box,' etc, what standards shoudl you be going by? God's (clearly written in the Bible) or your own (which I am guessing change all the time, heck mine do)? Do you really seek to understand what is written there? (In other words do you check what mean what based off the content of what is written, and how it is applicable today?) And most importantly, in your attempts to 'think outside the box,' could you actually be restricting yourself more, and putting a slant on what is written in the Bible that doesn't belong there.
(The last paragraph is all rhetorical questions.)
(To the writer of the blog:) Sorry about all those questions there. I always get interested when people bring up different points of views over the Bible. What's more, if they're good, I'll listen.
And furthermore, those questions even have a point in the broader perspective of what has been written here. It is my belief that this issue reflects on something deeper than the simple mentioning of Christ on either part. What it is, I'm not entirely sure. Maybe we should probe deeper, and ask more questions like I just did to that other reader. Or we could just leave it and try so hard to convince ourselves that we love this blown-up time of year so much. What with all these stupid arguements...
Personally I have different fish to fry, different pet peeves to take care of. Why are Canadians so caught up in US statistics, politics, whatever? Don't we have a land, a government, a system of our own, that are in desperate need of care just now? Just a thought, you know.
Links to this post:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.