Yes, I belong to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, MN, and I sing in the choir at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN. Maybe I’m really a Unitarian in heart and mind. Basically I try very hard, with only moderate success, to be a follower of Jesus.

But please – for now, anyway – don’t call me a Christian. Not since the term has turned Jesus into a political icon standing for hate, prejudice, and cruel exclusions, so far from the universal love preached by him and for which he died a terrible, cruel death.

Come December, I will recognize the winter solstice by wishing folks a “Happy Holiday.”

I will not cheer for the idea that the only politically correct thing to say is “Merry Christmas,” in spite of a lifetime — until now — of thrilling to that greeting.







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  1. Mona,
    I’m with you on that 100 thousand percent!!

  2. Hi Mona, Loved your post and I totally agree, so don’t feel like you might be alone. Hugs, Darlene Chiles

  3. Go Mona! I could not agree more. The term has become a cudgel faux Christians use to hammer those who don’t subscribe to their narrow-minded, cruel views.

  4. Thanks, Pam Good to know I’m not alone. And scary the power they have gained. But I’m confident “good” will prevail in the long run.

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