The battle continues. Each year we are bombarded by the outrage of the few people who are anti-God everything, insisting any religious symbols and reminders of the birth of Christ be removed from public places. And then the retaliation of the religious world with outrage toward the stores and public places that relent to the harrassment of the hate-God groups. The religious are deemed intolerant of the unreligious. The unreligious or, "tolerant," are intolerant of the religious people's intolerance. Neither side is tolerant. Neither will change the opinion of the other.
Who pays for the legal fees for both sides? How much do they spend? If they are good people, wouldn't it be better if they ignored the other, shopped in spite of the baby Jesus, star over Bethlehem, or Santa Claus signs and just shop like they have all their lives? Why the antagonism? Take that money you pay the lawyers and give it to the needy. You religious, pray for the unreligious, practice your faith. You unreligious, try this...prove you're tolerant. Both of you are nothing more than hate groups to the bystanders. And lawyers should refuse to even take a case that goes against the majority will, and stop dividing the nation even further to line your greedy pockets with gold, frankincence, and myrrh. Enough is enough.
There is no way that you and I can change the other by our reason. We have different worldviews. Many of the religious folk live in a shell with little or no knowledge of what is going on in the streets and ghettos. Unreligious are dead to spirituality. How can we give a gift to one another for just one year? Give the gift of silence, stop the rage. Or can you? If we cannot, our personal objectives are more important than people, we are selfish only, our agenda is what matters. I am done with my rant. I am concerned that we began a trend in this country that the people only see the wrong in everything. We love only contention.
I want to finish with these thoughts. I believe many of the reasons the secular world have disdain for anything religious may be justified. Brennan Manning explains it well with this statement:
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the (church) door and deny Him with their lifestyle. That's what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable."
And its true. We all really need to review our personal morals and look how we live in the eyes of the secular world. Then make those necessary changes by asking God's help. This would be the greatest of gifts we could give the Savior. Again, we won't change each others worldview, but with our changing, we may tolerate theirs. Agree without being disagreeable. Then maybe this Christmas, some peace on Earth with each other.
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas, God bless and keep you all, Keith.