Tuesday, 20 December 2011
I bought a box of Christmas cards a week ago. This morning I opened it up to start writing out the cards I was going to send (I know, I know, I'm slightly late with this) and I noticed that inside them they have bible verses.
"May all of your Christmas prayers be answered. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirs after righteousness: for they shall be filled?" -Matthew 5:6 (KJV)"
"May your Holiday season be filled with all of the joy and peace on earth. "God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied." -St. Matthew 5:6 (NLT)"
"Peace on Earth. "May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace." -Numbers 6:26 (NLT)"
There were other inscriptions, but you get the idea. So my first thought was, 'Oh no, should I go get new cards or just send these?' I know people are semi-sensitive to the religious aspect and god forbid I send something 'preachy.' It was an accident when I picked them up. I keep my beliefs private and don't really like to push it on to others.
Then it occurred to me. I'm taking time out of my busy day to write friends, pen-pals, and loved ones nice Christmas cards. I don't just write their name and mine after it. I make it into a mini letter, wishing them a merry Christmas and asking them how they have been. If they take exception to the scripture on these cards they can just grow up. I don't believe in being politically correct (seriously, we have bigger problems to worry about than getting offended by a Merry Christmas as opposed to Happy Holidays) because most of the time what's originally being said isn't meant to be offensive. Some super sensitive prick decides to make a big deal out of it. So, everyone I send a card to is getting a scripture based one. If they don't like it, they're ungrateful and can just deal with it. After all, it's the thought that counts. And I'm totally not explaining that I accidentally purchased these cards either. Let them think I did it on purpose. They should just smile because there is a card in their mailbox.
In any case, Merry Christmas everyone!