Since today’s posts (this looking to make it a “three-for”) are likely to irritate some liberals, I’ve sort of covered politics with the global warming believer’s problems. I just as well throw in religion as well. In fact, that religion will specifically be Christianity.
I cannot in any way lay claim to the following comments, as they were uttered (and written) by a local radio talk show host on the KTOK’s morning show here in Oklahoma City. After hearing it, I immediately e-mailed him asking for a transcript of his comments and explained that I would be posting them onto my blog. Within minutes, he was announcing on the radio that the transcript was available on his KTOK blog post.
So, with that, I will share his thoughts and a link to his blog posting.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Dear world -
You can have it. We're done with Santa, trees, the colors green & red, candy, and presents. We've had it with the pressure of trying to express our "love" for those around us by spending every last penny on some worthless, thoughtless, late night impulse-buy at the checkout stand at the gigantic "everything" store. We're giving back to you what you're so good at: manufactured emotion, sympathy ploys, class warfare guilt trips, and the coup de grace of EVERY other outward expression of Christianity: "inclusiveness."
From now on, you can have your endless TV commercials and internet banner ads which basically say, "hey, thanks, God for sending Your own Son down here to be born humbly, live exceptionally and innocently, die brutally and horribly, and be brought back to life as a once-and-for-all payment for everything ALL of us have ever done wrong... so now we get 20% off sheets this weekend only!"
We're giving back to you the hyper-extension of this season to include the confiscation of family time and rest going clear back to Thanksgiving, when you made Moms and others come in to work for a bunch of shoppers who were using these same employees as emotional Kleenex so they could "get away" from the relatives they themselves (probably) begged to come for Thanksgiving in the first place.
We are returning the now dirtied-up (ruined) portions of what we once knew as a pure celebration of God's love, such as replacing the Manger Star with a snowflake, replacing "Closed for Christmas" with "Closed December 25th" on EVERY door on EVERY Smithsonian Museum property in our nation's capitol, making the saying "Merry Christmas" not only unacceptable, but guilt-invoking, and ripping out the very heart of who we Christians are for a supposedly aggrieved few who - in reality - do little to outwardly express their own "faith" which is basically any absent of Christ.
We're done. You go on, and battle the final definitions of minutiae like whether or not a Christmas tree is a co-opted pagan ritual symbol: you have that fight with the pagans. You decide whether or not the colors red and/or green are actually some ideological visual possessions of the Muslim culture and should or should not be included in the infidel's festivities: you have that fight with the Muslims. You deal with whether or not this whole observance has become nothing but crass commercialism that generates a profit: you have that fight with the profiteers. The truth is that you - Jew, Muslim, Pagan, whatever - are welcome to come observe the (arbitrary) date we've settled on to call the birthday of Jesus. We won't exclude you, we won't hurt you, we won't chastise you, we won't be mean to you, and we won't abandon you.
Why? Because our Jesus didn't do any of those things to us, either.
And as a final personal note to those the last paragraph refers to, Jesus made his sacrifice for you as well.
The title does not mean that all liberals need this message. I have too many friends who are both Christian and liberal.
May God bless us all.