This picture has been making the rounds; I really don't know who to credit for it. But it sure does make a point.
I'm hoping it's not a real sign.
But then again, I'm almost at the point where little suprises me any more.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicago area, will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25--because it's Christmas.
... Instead, they will urge members to focus on family at home, rather than filling the pews.
"At first glance it does sound contrarian," said Rev. Gene Appel, senior pastor of Willow Creek. "We don't see it as not having church on Christmas. We see it as decentralizing the church on Christmas--hundreds of thousands of experiences going on around Christmas trees. The best way to honor the birth of Jesus is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
This brings up the question --- why is this not the best way to honor the resurrection of Jesus by decentralizing church so that families can have a more personal experience every Sunday?
And Appel argues that family has always been at the heart of the Christmas story: the tale of a mother and father celebrating the birth of a babe in a manger.Ah...yes...that warm and fuzzy story that is, at the heart, all about family. Silly me. I guess I missed the heart of the story because I was distracted by the whole miraculous idea of God becoming flesh and living among us.
The article also noted:
"Every family has their little tradition," said Rev. Mark Jobe, senior pastor of New Life Community Church. "For some of them, it's a sacred time to get up in the morning and do their breakfast, share a little bit and open presents. That may be their main Christmas celebration. It may be Christmas Eve. ... God created church. He also created family. We need to be enjoying both of those."Now opening presents is a "sacred time"? And going to church interferes with my enjoyment of family? Or is it family that interferes with my enjoyment of church? And where on earth can I find the Scripture about enjoying church? What happened to gathering together with the Body of Christ in order to worship God?
From a blog that does not at all pretend to be Christian:
Have I ever written that most of what passes for "Christianity" in the U.S. has nothin' to do with either Jesus or worship? I believe I have.
This is stunning. Some of the same people who have their noses out of joint because clerks at Target say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" aren't interested in a religious observance of the birth of Jesus. They want Christ in Target, not in church.
Yup. I can see why someone would write that.