The Christmas Clause
It's that time of the year again where those who hold to the Christian faith are mostly celebrating the 'birth of Christ'. Most understand that the early christian church co-opted pagan celebrations into their religion in order to further the growth of the church. So I was thinking about all this while driving through a maze of merchandise seekers on the way to a Christmas party last night.
It seems to me that despite all the church celebrations and well-meaning individuals-- Christmas is all about giving and getting (mostly getting). This same 'give me' philosophy has permeated the Christian church. There are many mega-churches who now preach the message that God promised bounty and to be a rich Christian is fulfilling a promise that Christ made. It has also affected the fundamentalist christian view of science. They feel that science should give them what they believe and that creationism/ID should be awarded the status of science simply because they claim it to be science. That's not how life is and the sooner Christianity returns to its true roots, the better we all will be.