So…I went to my daughter’s Christmas program at school today, and it was quite delightful. However, listening to one of the classes pantomime to a song gave me pause. The song was “It’s Called Christmas With a Capital ‘C’.” I’m not gonna link it here, because I don’t want to, and I’m not gonna do all the dirty work for you. But, it made me think about how intolerant my religion of choice can be. And, yes; I’m a Christian.
A few days ago, one of my Facebook friends made a post about people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” He’s Jewish, so I understood almost immediately where it was going. To sum it up, he said saying “Happy Holidays” is a catchall, because you don’t necessarily know who celebrates what. I celebrate Christmas, but he doesn’t. Why not say “Happy Holidays” as to not accidentally offend? That’s not an imaginary “War on Christmas;” that’s being accepting of other people.
As Christians, we are supposed to be tolerant and accepting of other people. In fact, Jesus himself was tolerant of everyone. Old Testament God, maybe not so much. Jesus, on the other hand, was. This nation was – in theory – founded on that very principle…especially when it came to religion. Some people won’t practice Christianity, and that’s fine. What they practice – or don’t practice – is their business, and none of us should judge. As long as they’re not hurting anyone, why does it matter?
The Golden Rule is a thing for a reason. In case you forgot, it’s “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Writing a condescending song isn’t practicing that at all; it’s the opposite, and it’s disappointing. Hopefully, we’ll get better at this one day.