Friday, December 17, 2004

Why not simply require stores owned by Jews to put a gold star in their ads and on their storefronts?

That was the question asked in a letter to the editor by the Reverand Jim Melnyk (associate rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina) in response to an ad taken out by Pastor Patrick Wooden, Sr. of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ, also in Raleigh, North Carolina.

And I couldn't agree more with Melnyk's point! His quote sums up (and much more eloquently, I might add) all of my rambling thoughts from yesterday... The point of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, not to alienate non-Christians!

And just for the sake of argument, let's assume for a second that we Christians will assent to Wooden's call for a boycott. What is the point? That we lead totally insular lives, shopping & interacting only with other Christians? How then are we supposed to share the Good News?

I will continue to assert that alienating non-Christians while simultaneously battering them over the head with our beliefs will not create its intended effect of bringing them into the fold!