Well we had a few “colorful” comments on that last story, didn’t we? Was she typing in tongues or was that some type of technical Tourette’s syndrome? Now, I am not going to cast any stones. In fact this holiday I am going to do my level best to be respectful of all my new friends out there. And I am encouraging you to do the same… if only for the holiday. But some of you out there need to understand that while you are celebrating the birth of Christ, your neighbors may be spinning a Dradle or worshipping a cow. And somehow, we’re all going to have to learn to be OK with that.
Jesus is the reason for the season unless you practice Islam, Hinduism, Chinese Traditionalism, Buddhism, Animist, Spiritism, Sikhism, Juche, Judaism, or any other of the two dozen or so major world religions. And let’s not forget about the citizens of the world who are non-religious because there are over 1 billion of them. In the United States today, over 75 million Americans are not Christian.
And while I am on the subject of not being Christian, it might interest some of you out there to know that God isn’t a Christian. Think about it. He’s God. Now I am going to stop there for a second because I am sure a few of my Christian friends just exploded.
OK. For everyone still able to focus: This is the single most important issue facing the world. It is the cause of more war, poverty, disease, and just plain old hatred than anything else. Nothing else is even close except maybe Sarah Palin but she’s young so the jury is still out.
No matter what you believe, over four billion people believe differently than you do. Four billion. That is almost half of what George Bush and Dick Cheney spend on the war in Iraq each month. For those pro-war Republicans who don’t have an issue with that number, think of it this way: If you started counting right now, you would reach 4 billion in 126 years, 276 days, 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 12 seconds – give or take a few hours. And if you’re Joe the Plumber and that number is still just too big for your brain… well just imagine billions and billions of McDonald’s hamburgers. Trust me. It’s a lot.
And when it gets right down to it, the only way to make sense out of all of this is to just have faith. But faith is personal. And personal means it’s OK if others don’t share in your joy because they’ve got some things that are personal too.
There are many reasons for the season. One of them is peace on earth, good will toward men. How ’bout we work on that one? It’s a tall order, and should keep us busy for quite a while.
I think I’ll go have some pie now. Come back soon. You’re beginning to grow on me. I mean it. Really.