This recently resurfaced in my computerized archives. It is originally from one William Eberwein, whom I don’t know, and whose e-mail address is likely to have changed several times in 12 years. I think it bears repeating. If you don’t like this “Christmas greeting,” check out the next one, to be shared in a day or two … the second one is more conciliatory!
I have noticed that people are comfortable if I say that I believe in “God,” though they wish I would be more polite and simply refer to Him as “A power greater than I” or the like. If I say “Christ” has entered my life, they smile condescendingly, happy to demonstrate their superior “tolerance” of “my truth.” But if I say that “Jesus” is a part of my life — THAT gets a strong reaction. “Don’t run your religion down my throat, man! This is a workplace, not a church! Separation of church and state, all right?”
In a similar vein, here is the text from four “religious” Christmas cards I saw recently. Notice that for the creators of Christmas cards, the closest they want to get to Jesus is a personal sense of wonder. As if Christianity were just another drug to produce a constellation of personal sensations. As we have “my experience of God,” one suspects that the worship is directed as “my experience” and not “of God.”
ONE Inside: May the blessings of the season be with you today and always.
TWO Front: Mary, Joseph and animals overlooking the manger
Inside: May Christmas bring you wonder and joy
THREE Front: The Madonna holding Jesus
Inside: May the wondrous spirit of Christmas fill your heart today and always.
FOUR Front: Musical Angels
Inside: Wishing you the hope – the joy and wonder of Christmas
I would suggest a more honest card:
Merry Christmas. May Jesus make you and yours very uncomfortable this season, as He stands at your door and knocks.