It’s happening again. Some of my siblings in Christ are starting to say things that make me want to start calling myself a Christ follower, so I won’t be identified with the Christians. They begin to say these things, and I feel like that guy in a movie, slowed down so everybody can see that he is not fast enough to stop what is about to occur. They begin, and I know where it is going, and I just wish… they would stop.
I am not saying that I am being totally fair to my fellow Christians. I am not proud of all of these feelings. But… there is something to them, too. Because here is the thing: if people are trying to spread cheer and joy, it does not matter how they phrase it.
I think it turns out to be historically inaccurate to claim America is a Christian country. (More specifically: I think it is inaccurate to expect the founding fathers’ Christianity looks much like Christainty does today.) I am not going to get hung up on this point, though, because here is the thing:
It does not matter.
If we were utterly Christian or utterly not-Christian, it would be quite irrelevant to the more basic point: people are allowed to use whatever words they want to use.
That goes for us Christians, too. We can say “Merry Christmas” too the whole world, if we want. And maybe we should.
I know that there all these stories out there about all this oppression. This terrible conspiracy. This evil empire, in league with Satan himself.
The problem is that most of those stories aren’t true.
Private companies are allowed to have whatever policies they want to have. It kind of boggles my mind when Christianity says out of one side of it’s mouth, “Companies should be free to exempt themselves from health care laws.” and out of the other side of it’s mouth “Companies should not be free to play whatever semantic games they want with how their employees greet their customers during December.”
Truly, I don’t mind looking stupid. I am a balding man in his mid forties with a pony tail. We do, by the way, look stupid about this stuff.
What I mind is that we look so petty and out of touch. There are real problems in the world and there are places where Christians really are persecuted. But this? This is just a bunch of words. We are told that we will be known by our love. Not our whininess. Which, in a way is too bad. Because, my brothers and sisters in Christ, we look quite whiny indeed.