It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain
Now you’ve gone and done it.
You’ve irritated me enough that I’m coming out of the Inner Sanctum to let you know I am not happy with you. No, not happy at all.
You see, this is the time of year when you’re supposed to be kind to others. Actually, you should be all year long, but I know that’s difficult for some, so we only mandate it during the colder months when we’re forced to be indoors and in close proximity to others. It’s really a safety issue. If you act like a jerk and people have nowhere to go to avoid you, I can’t guarantee your well being over the long term.
So we need to have an understanding here. You have opinions. I have opinions. We all have opinions. But the fact that it’s your opinion doesn’t mean it’s the only valid opinion. It also doesn’t mean that everyone needs to know your opinion, especially when that opinion is painful to some truly wonderful people.
For instance, I understand that the Bible is the word of God when you’re a Christian. I am one. I get it. But I don’t understand when people say one particular part is exactly how it is written, no subtlety, no parable, applying world wide, and therefore certain people are The Most Terrible of Sinners, then turn around and say other parts were only stories to illustrate a lesson. The “sin” part is exactly as written, but the “love” part is only when you feel like it, and Those People make you uncomfortable, so criticize at will.
Sorry, I’m not buying it. Even if you believe what Those People are doing is a sin, and I don’t think love is a sin now matter what form it comes in, the example Jesus gave was not harshly criticizing and turning away from those in the minority. Jesus had compassion for the hurting and empathy for those with difficult lives. Jesus cared. He taught those that wanted to hear his lessons and did not lecture those who didn’t. He was love personified.
Which brings me to another point we need to have a little chat about. Black Santa. Seriously, people, is this really an issue? Why would anyone want to insist that Santa looks just like them? Do you honestly feel the need to say that Santa Claus is only of European descent, and therefore a black Santa must not be real? Think about that for a moment. This is another area where, if you believe Santa can only be the image put forth by Haddon Sundblom for the Coca-Cola company back in the 1930s, you should probably just keep it to yourself.
Have a heart. What right do you have to claim a figure like Santa for people that look just like you and no one else? What earthly good do you think you’re doing in telling a 4-year-old black child that Santa can’t possibly look like them, or any other race for that matter? Get over yourself. You’re not the only person in the world that counts.
Frankly, if you think Santa has to be white, I’m betting you also think Jesus was a double for Fabio, just like He looked in those picture on the wall in Sunday school. Well guess what – Jesus was born an Israeli Jew. Shocking, I know! He looks nothing like the pictures we grew up with. No flowing blond locks, no piercing blue eyes. About the only thing they got right in that picture was how His arms looked, outstretched to everyone. Regardless of where you’re coming from, His arms are open, and not just to people who look and act like you.
So get a grip. No matter what your opinions, be kind to others. Show love to the people in this world and practice some Peace on Earth, dammit.