Monday, November 28, 2005

Gift Giving Season

What's gotten into gift giving and gift giving season?

Of course it's been going on for years, escalating for decades, but I'm seeing these ads for all sorts of tawdry things deemed great Christmas gifts. Loud music? Electronic appliances? And even horrific things like preposterously MEAN-spirited movies and computer games. Great Christmas gifts?

Stuff everywhere, and those who speak out against this tide of STUFF are drowned out by the roar of the tsunami. What about the quiet center of the storm?

What would Jesus give?

Surely, the most likely thing he'd do is break some bread with us, maybe share some wine.

But even in modern America, what would Jesus give? Maybe not Nintendo. Maybe not Spiderman. Maybe not hockey or football tickets.

Maybe some simple, plain foods, a blanket, a little firewood, a sweater (to those most threadbare), maybe a bottle of wine, champagne if he was feeling frisky.


At 12/11/2005 8:52 PM, Blogger Rhesus Pieces said...

Hmmm,... What would Jesus give? I like the question. Although, just to be clear, Jesus probably would not have broken bread with Gentiles.

As far as mean spirited things go X-mas is heavy with examples of people trying to erase it as a holiday.

What would Jesus give? Probably, nothing. It's his birthday after all. What would you give to Jesus?


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