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12.09.2005    |    Lighten up, redux
Seems that there's far too much sensitivity on the part of some folks. Here's a town supervisor in Manhasset, New York, objecting because a Catholic priest gave, please be sitting down for this, a Christian blessing to a Christmas tree.

How dare he, fumed the town supervisor, who happens to be Jewish. That's not the real issue, of course. The man's an idiot to object to a Christian clergyman giving a Christian blessing to a Christmas tree. There. That's three "Christs" in one sentance. From the story in today's New York Post, the good priest has this to say:
"It seemed to me that because this was a Christmas tree, it would be OK to use the blessing from my Catholic tradition."
Understated, I think. The good father might be dealing in deep sarcasm. I probably would have, but then, I never claimed to be that holy. This Fr. Zientarski looks like my kind of guy, however...pesky. I'd love to hear what he said in private.

To any who think that a Christmas tree is anything other than a celebration of the birth of our Savior, just this: you would be wrong to harbor such thoughts. We love Jews, Hindus, atheists, and Muslims. Our Lord commands us to. That does not mean we give in to inappropriate demands to deny our own traditions.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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