ponder anew has a post worth reading, called, "a season of wonder, a season of silliness". here's an excerpt:
The whole Advent season leading to Christmas is all gospel, tinged with wonder.
For the past few years, the beginning of the Advent season has also marked the beginning of the battle cry from Christian culture warriors.
You know the drill. Somebody gets all in a lather over store clerks wishing people “happy holidays” or as in Kentucky, calling a Christmas tree a “holiday tree.” Buttons are worn and bumper stickers are placed and “sign this and pass it on if you believe in Christmas” petitions are circulated on the internet.
And now, Focus on the Family has actually developed a web site called Stand for Christmas. The basic idea is that costumers can log on and rank various businesses as “Christmas-friendly”, Christmas-negligent” or “Christmas-offensive”. There’s a constantly updated percentage for each category listed for dozens of businesses, and as soon as someone sends their comments, an e-mail is automatically generated to the business itself.
...OK. But…really? Is this the primary thing that those of us who have received the gospel gift want to broadcast during this season?
count me out. how about you?
today's van gogh
half figure of an angel (after rembrandt), 1889