So I promised myself I would take the weekend off and relax, celebrate Christmas, and recharge. But my recharging in the park on Christmas morning inspired me to write the post, Jesus is Coming - And He Looks Pissed! It went viral and created a firestorm of comments, emails and Twitter postings. Hard to believe so many people would argue against reciprocity, peace and love!
But of course I know the real reason…
As I said in my book Why You're DUMB, SICK, & BROKE…and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH, many organized religions are run as cosmic frequent flyer programs. People are led to believe they can collect points here to cash in for the free trip to salvation afterward. They see God as a cosmic Santa Clause, who is making a list and checking twice, to find out who’s been naughty or nice.
As a result, some of these people really make their comments just to show Santa they’re being good. They are not really responding to me, they’re just trying to ensure they’ve got enough miles in their account. I get that, and if that qualifies them for Platinum status, upgrades, or award trips to heaven, good for them.
Unfortunately going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. You become a Christian with Christ-like thoughts and actions.
Deeds not talk.
And that was the real point of the blog. How we treat the others around us, particularly the ones that are different than us.
Contrary to what some thought, I wasn’t attacking Christianity. (I am a Christian after all.) The same is true with all the religions we discussed. I was, however, opening the discussion on the issue of people of all faiths on being congruent to your beliefs, and if those beliefs really serve you. The whole point of the post was to get people to do some critical thinking about what the real message of the season should be.
So as you take down the lights, put away the ornaments, and scurry to the after Christmas sales, remember this:
The real present you got for Christmas (Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or other holiday) was TODAY. What are you going to do with it?