Things I Think
It was too clear… too pure though, so I sought out its source.
They were standing in front of the packed check out lines..about a dozen angel faced, angel throated youngsters caroling for the crowd, smiling and singing like they believed the words they sang.
They were wearing bright red Christmas hats and Christmas sweaters accented with white stripes and innocence.
The music washed over my black, Christmas hating heart and I clapped when the carol was over.
I was the only one who did so.
Hundreds of people were too busy buying to even acknowledge their presence, let alone their gift of song.
It was among the most awkward public embarrassments I’ve ever witnessed as they finished their set to the sound of cash registers and shuffled off the platform and out of the store.
I hurt for them, and for us…when a child singing great news about great joy no longer moves us as much as a coupon deal, we’re done as a culture and society.
2. I think that it may be time for the church to find another date to celebrate the Incarnation and let the Christmas orgy collapse under its own weight..
3. Because my store isn’t meeting it’s holiday goals I will now be required to work all the hours that the store is open until it does so and if it still fails to do so, I lose my job. Happy holidays from corporate America.
4. Rob Bell’s church lost three thousand members after he published “Love Wins” leading to his resignation. You would think that the liberals would understand that if you really don’t believe in anything, then there’s little reason to come to church to hear you speak about nothing.
5. I love discussions about things like evolution and the age of the earth like we had on “Open Blogging”. I love to avoid them like the plague, that is, because I simply don’t have the interest or education to engage in them.
6. No one has ever been argued into the kingdom of heaven. Apologetics are to clarify the thinking of the church, not to convince unbelievers.
7. Do whatever you have to do to recapture the awe and wonder of the Incarnation in your soul…do it now.
8. The most important things I’ve done here involved pointing to someone else’s work. It’s humbling, but instructive…
9. I was going to list all the things I love about this season, but could only come up with “children singing” and “more opportunities to drink”.
10. You may not be able to afford many presents, but you can give grace to all.