It’s rare that I talk and don’t share a recipe on this blog. I’ve always wanted this to be a welcoming place where everyone fit and felt comfortable.
It’s the way I roll, so to speak.
So I though long and hard about this post.I weighed the fact that it would offend some people, that I might possibly lose some of you as readers and friends. I didn’t want that because I value each reader and their opinions. I try to stay away from religion, politics, and parenting styles here because I am very opinionated in those areas. Thinking this through I realized that this was worth the possibility of offending some of you if it made you think things through. It is worth it if it means you’ll stop randomly saying and posting things on social media without really thinking about what they mean.
I won’t be putting the Christ back in Christmas this year. Not for anyone.
Simply, I won’t put Him back in Christmas because as far as I know He never left. Jesus Christ — the Christ I know — isn’t intimidated by phrases like Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings. He doesn’t sit in a corner and cry because someone writes a letter to Santa. He doesn’t take a Xanax with a shot of vodka because people decorate with mistletoe, holly, and evergreen.
Most of all, I am not powerful enough to either put Him in nor take Him out of anything He wishes to be a part of. To claim to do so diminishes who my God is and what He does.
Atheists don’t bother me. Agnostics don’t bother me. I don’t care what your beliefs are…I don’t care what religion or spiritual path you follow. If I don’t agree I will simply pray for you. If my God is Who I believe Him to be it really doesn’t take more than that. (He is.) You can’t keep Christ out of any place He doesn’t want to be — the devil couldn’t even keep Him out of Hell, y’all. You don’t think satan tried? You don’t think that he actually threw the gates open wide and said, “Oh, HELL yeah Jesus… come on in and have some tea… It’s hard on ya, being dead and all. Here, have a scone and when you go back? Take these keys to death with you.”
Yeah. No. I don’t think so.
Jesus Christ does not need us to put Him back in Christmas, court buildings, or even schools. He’d like us to put Him back in our hearts because if He’s there He goes where we do. If we don’t? He goes anyway.
This year, rather than concentrating on putting the Christ back into Christmas or ensuring that your heathen neighbors know they are going to hell in a hand basket, why not concentrate on being Christ instead? Take some homemade bread, warm from the oven, to your next door neighbors. Make cookie plates with the kids and take them to your police station and fire station and VA hospital… just to say thanks. Leave your mailman a card and a loaf of banana bread in the mailbox. Offer to babysit for a single mom so she can shop easily. Give food to the local food bank. Adopt an angel from the angel tree. Most of all? Smile at people and tell them Merry Christmas. If they wish you Happy Holidays or Joyful Kwanzaa or Blessed Yuletide accept the heart of the sentiment without offense.
I have been in churches that teach women not to fight for or require their “rights” because God is in control and yet these same people will demand that everyone feels and believes and celebrates December holidays in the same way that they do. That’s convoluted.
The last month of the year gives us time for quiet reflection about who we are and what we do. This year I wish you joy, love, peace, prosperity, and a deeper spiritual understanding of your place on the planet.
And I hope you’ll keep reading.