Is it ‘Merry Christmas?’ Is it ‘Season’s Greetings?’ Or, is it—leave me alone I don’t care? Well, here I go skating on some thin ice—hopefully it won’t break.
Perhaps you have heard the following kind of comments and have given them sufficient considerations. Let me share some with you. ‘Just because you disagree with someone, doesn’t mean you don’t respect them.’ ‘My opinion is correct—yours isn’t.’ Rick Warren wrote it this way: “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
The right kind of greeting at this time of year is one of those situations where it might be helpful to be a little less aggressive. If someone disagrees with you—respectfully—that has to be okay! Do we not pride ourselves in Canada on multiculturalism? Aren’t we the first country to apologize? Isn’t ‘sorry’ our favourite word?
I wondering about the idea of taking it all down a notch. I say “Merry Christmas” because that is my belief. You say “Season’s Greetings” because that is your belief. Good! Let’s not panic. Let’s not throw stones. Let’s just move on! Let’s not scowl at each other. Let’s keep opening the doors for each other. Why not help shovel snow in a blizzard, for the ‘season’s greeting’ guy next door? Why not let the guy merge into the traffic, in a busy traffic jam?
As a ‘Merry Christmas’ guy one of the things I appreciate about our founder—Jesus—is his practice in the above kind of scenario. Jesus allowed anyone to think, believe, and practice whatever they wanted. Jesus did not condemn them. He kept on shining light. He kept on loving and caring. He was however, a little rough on know-it-all- religious types.
So, let’s all be kind! Let’s all be polite. Let’s all allow people their right to hold their opinion and not have a conniption about it!
And that, is something to think about.