Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Christmas Card Idea

Got this e-mail today. Made me really think.

Christmas Card Idea
Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early (really early) so that you can get ready to include an important address to your list.

Wanna have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Let's send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year. As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN, card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world and to remind them what it is all about.

Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it and any other words in a similar theme.

Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions. So spend 39 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a "Holiday Tree". . . . It's a Christmas Tree even in the fields!!

We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!

Yours in the Spirit of Christmas cheer.
A couple of thoughts come to mind.
  1. Christmas has virtually nothing to do with Christianity. It was a pagan holiday that we stole, plus today it has been given by Christianity to the church of greed (of which most of us are happily members).
  2. What would Jesus do? Would he encourage us each sending a Christmas Card to the ACLU? I doubt it.
  3. Then what would Jesus want us to do?

Maybe we should begin by taking seriously the message of Jesus. A message of hope, of love, of opportunity to all, but especially the disenfranchised.

The Church of Jesus Christ today has become greedy and self-centered. Sure we do lots of great thing, but the main thing we have learned to do, is protect our self-interests. How much do we really care about the other?

Instead of sending the card to the ACLU, maybe we should take the $1.50 each (for the card and postage) and give it to the Red Cross, or UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to help our devastate brothers and sisters in the Gulf Coast region.

Just a thought


Anonymous said...

All right boss, you tell 'em!

I read "The Secret Message of Jesus" this weekend. Great book!

I would also commend to you the recent sermons from Mars Hill - it's Rob Bell's church. I've thought they might be helpful as you work on Wrestling with God. It started with four weeks on "The New Exodus" and then six or seven weeks followed looking in depth at Isaiah 61. Brian McLaren was one of the guest preachers - it is excellent. You can find most of them at www.mhbcmi.org or I've got them on my i-tunes if you want to dump them to your Ipod.

Happy Packing for Israel and keep up the posts!

Anonymous said...

oh, yeah, it's Jeff.

Anonymous said...

I love it.

Forgot to sign my comments from Katrina.


Anonymous said...

Thanks much for your response Steve. I was getting red-faced as I read that letter. I won't write what else I am thinking about the letter-writer and those of similar ilk.