Thursday, December 08, 2005

Christmas is Cancelled


I have my own issues with the Church not responding to modern needs, but if you want to see an extreme example of churches completely gone over to a consumerist approach to religion, check out these Evangelical megachurches cancelling Sunday services this Christmas because its congregation will be too busy opening presents! What's next, closing the church on Easter so that they can have an egg hunt instead? Aren't these the same fundamentalists who complain about stores wishing customers "Happy Holidays?"

4 Comments:

At Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 12:55:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Protestants...

 
At Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 2:06:00 PM PST, Blogger Victor said...

This is less surprising than it might seem, Adam. Unlike with we Papalistical-types, there isn't really the notion of an obligation to attend church on any given day in low-church Protestantism (and evangelical megachurches are the lowest of the low).

... Victor says on Dec. 8.

 
At Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 6:36:00 PM PST, Anonymous mrad said...

Whether or not it's an obligation for the parishioners, you'd think the pastors might think twice about a certain stone tablet reading, "REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY..." Jeeze.

 
At Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 8:24:00 PM PST, Blogger Victor said...

And what does it say right after those quoted words ... "keep it holy" (in most English translations). Most EV Prods would say "keep it holy, yes definitely ... go to church, yes maybe." (At the reverse end, this makes Wednesday night services almost as much of a custom in parts of the South as Sunday morns.)

Also keep in mind America's capital-P Puritan heritage. The Puritans frowned on celebrations of Christmas (which Cromwell outright banned in Commonwealth England) and Easter, to a lesser extent. They saw them as, among other things, a Papist/pagan form of sacramentalism.

 

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