Thursday, December 17, 2009

my kind of Christian

From Stand up for “christmas”?
Let’s start rating companies on whether they DO Christ-like things, rather than on whether the under-paid clerk says “Merry Christmas” as you’re checking out.

Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.
~ Amos 5:23-24

The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.
~ Proverbs 5:7

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
~James 1:27

You know what offends me? It’s not whether someone says “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”. It’s when I read that  L.L. Bean, Pier 1, and Walmart are known to be actively and intentionally using slave labor in their products. I don’t give a shit how many “Merry Christmas” signs they have in their store, as if that makes one flying fuck’s worth of difference when they are participating in the enslavement of women, men, and children who are created in the image of God. Focus on the Family gives them 12-14% offensive ratings, and 52-71% friendly ratings. No mention of child slavery. No mention of beating or firing workers trying to unionize to protect themselves. No mention of the workers who have died at the factory making the cheap furniture you bought at Ikea. How does “Standing for Christmas” have ANYTHING to do with Christ?

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
and in his name all oppression shall cease.
~ “O Holy Night”, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, 1847
The sent me looking for a good version of "O Holy Night." I found Weezer's, but I like this better:

5 comments:

  1. you know I am with you 100%. My only issue (which is *not* with you) is about solutions. Inflexible holding up of a mirror to our hypocrisy a la the prophets. good. literally feeding & clothing the poor, aiding the sick, and visiting prisoners. good.

    But let's face it, prophets and caring folks have been doing those two tasks for millennia. they are NECESSARY. However they are not sufficient.

    What is missing? searching our own hearts, learning humility, recognizing our own ego's drives that lead to inner and outer violence. Without this last, the other two can alleviate today's suffering - which is necessary - but not bring actual change.

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  2. Elena, agreed, but as usual, I have a quibble: People have been "searching our own hearts, learning humility, recognizing our own ego's drives that lead to inner and outer violence" for millenia also. Too often, that seems to lead to a disengagement with society and its ills.

    Which may be entirely understandable.

    I don't mean to sound smug when I say that. It's a conundrum that frustrates me enormously.

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  3. Here's your war on Christmas!

    I guess it would be unwise to point out that the feasting, singing, and fertility symbol (uh, I mean "Christmas tree") has nothing to do with Jesus at all, and comes from the Roman Mithras cult instead. I suppose "Mithras Tree" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

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  4. Blue, works for me. The Catholic Encyclopedia says, "Mithra was born of a mother-rock by a river under a tree." And there are shepherds in his birthday stories, too. Someone should write "O Mithras Tree." (I googled it, and it seems someone might've, at least partially, but it's been deleted.)

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  5. LOL! "O Mithras Tree..." Hmmm... I like it, as long as it doesn't scare the cat.

    Of course, if one wants to show others that your particular fertility symbol is Christian, (damn it!) and not some godforsaken pagan tree, you can always do what one lady did and put it on a cross. However, I'm tempted to paraphrase Pontius Pilate and say "What did this poor tree do to you, that you should crucify it?"

    I'm with No More Mr. Nice Blog, who wonders "Come Easter time, does she set out a wooden manger and fill it with dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies?"

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