This particular post has nothing to do with MS, which is the basis of the “limping” part of the blog’s name. That’s okay, isn’t it? We’re more than the sum of our symptoms.
The post is, however, about the season in which we find ourselves: Christmas. And it concerns the very core of the holiday, or “the reason for the season”, as the cliche goes: Jesus – the “light” portion of the name of the blog.
I am no more than that light.
One of my many failings is my tendency to read comments on web sites. I’ve mentioned this before on a number of occasions. I keep looking for any clue that the human race is not as depraved as my gut tells me it is. One look at those ravings is enough to drive me into a state of despair.
Today I read some negative comments about one of the countless lame (not an MS reference!) Christmas movies that clog the airwaves at this time every year. The complaint wasn’t what would have been a legitimate gripe about the quality of said cinematic endeavor. No, they were offended that it was religious. Imagine: a Christmas movie with religious references.
Let’s just set aside the fact that the religious content of this piece of frivolous holiday drivel was minimal, to the point of being barely noticeable. No one would ever confuse it with, say, “The Nativity Story“, in content or quality. In fact, the story revolved around a mall Santa Claus! Why not start censoring that evangelical propaganda, “Miracle on 34th Street“? Sadly, the wretched 1994 remake of that treasured film contained a slam at God. Would that have been easier to take?
Has it really come to this? We’re complaining about religious references in a Christmas movie? News flash, folks: Christmas is a religious holiday. You can play with the words all you want. It doesn’t matter how you feel. It doesn’t change the facts. No one is forcing anyone to celebrate it, just tolerate others who do. Tolerance either works for everyone or no one.
Next thing you know, they’ll be dragging religion into Easter, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan. (That’s not really funny. A friend told me about overhearing someone in a greeting card store complaining about the Easter cards, saying, “Why do they have to drag religion into everything?” That’s the gold medal in Missing the Point.)
Jesus as become an exile from His own birth celebration.
Maybe we need to exile mention of Martin Luther King from his day, too. He was, like Jesus, a religious fanatic who purposely tried to overthrow the status quo of his time. He was a minister who freely quoted Scripture… in public! I guess there’s precedent for such an excision. We removed Lincoln and Washington from their days.
If you were born on Christmas Day, you’re aware of the down side of that fate. Everyone ignores your birthday. Jesus feels your pain. Jesus feels your pain and mine on everything else, too.
Now that’s a religious reference.