i have a friend who’s an atheist. Well, i have quite a few actually. And that’s not to say i’m holding the fact up as some sort of badge of “Christian Courage” or anything. i just feel that life would be dreadfully boring (and somewhat of a waste actually) if you only surrounded yourself with others who felt, thought and believed in pretty much the same fashion as you did. But of course that’s not the point of this at all, and the atheist i mentioned previously (who also happens to be an artist and an avid facebookian to boot – knowledge that will come in handy later on) is appearing here for a totally separate reason.
You see, of all my atheist friends (did i mention i have quite a few? But again, i’m not mentioning this in an effort to bolster my ratings any), there are two that are quite boisterous about us “idiots” who buy into the whole Jesus fairy tale, and of the two, he is one. Now to be fair, they only get into these boisterous moods around Easter and Christmas, with the remainder of the year being left pretty much “Jesus-bashing” free. Obviously. i mean, i can’t imagine i – or anyone for that matter – would suffer friendship too long from someone who was constantly berating your belief system. Family however, is a different story, but one we won’t be covering here. So, where was i? Oh yes, the two atheists who make every effort to tell every one that of all the Holidays in all of the world, Christmas and Easter are by far the most moronic – to the point where they should be banned altogether. Not because the Easter Bunny and Santa are fake (are they?) but rather because Jesus is. Was. And a whole bunch of us bought into his scam enough as to still be celebrating his birth some two plus thousand years later.
Sometimes my friends efforts to slam Christians – all decked out with their mangers and trees and carols – are pretty mean-spirited. “Juvenile” is actually the word i’m looking to use, but will refrain from doing so since that is precisely their stance about our beliefs. And other times their efforts are pretty comical, when considering how far off target their critiques are from any actual “doctrine” they may be in disagreement with. So, why am i friends with them at all then? Well, all in all, they are both good friends, and i know them as otherwise well-intended and good-hearted people. The type that you never thought would be a friend at all – but who then end up being much more of one than those who would’ve more easily fit the bill. And i enjoy their company far too much to let their semi-annual blowouts ruin an otherwise solid relationship. Besides – while it’s not really mine to mind – i really don’t mind them being angry. i know what it’s like to be the one person who is forced to “stand outside”, peering only through the window at times, just to see that everyone else is having a simply splendid party (of the manger, tree and carol variety), that you’re not invited to unless you’re “willing to drink the kool aid” that is – or more appropriately in this case, the eggnog.
At any rate, despite what so many Christians and atheists seem to think, there is not one single word in the existence of language that can be used by any one human to convert any other to their belief system – let alone invitations to, or exclusions from, parties filled with trees and carols. You either live your beliefs, or you don’t. And from there, others will either follow your lead (because they see some truth to it), or they won’t. And such is life, in a (rather) utilitarian sense. So unless my friends are being exceedingly rude, i simply choose to turn a deaf ear to their rants during the holidays. It’s better for us both that i do.
“So what’s this all about then t, and when exactly will we get to that point?”
Well, the point is this. Every year i do my best to ignore these two whilst they jump about, with fists waving and words of hurt flying about such as “there’s no need to celebrate a holiday for a guy who never was anything more than a crazy carpenter” and “Christians aren’t only ignorant, but they celebrate it as well” or even the time-tested “Christmas is stupid”. And every year i enjoy my holiday regardless of their slander, quietly resuming our friendship after they’ve spent their rage at a Christian world giddy on eggnog and (to their mind) incorrect expectations. But this year is different. This year it may prove hard to ignore at least the one. Because this year the friend who started this whole diatribe – the friend who hates Christmas and all that is associated with it – the friend who has on multiple occasions stated that the whole thing is phooey and needs to be done away with once and for all – the friend who is so strong in his beliefs as to shout them from every social network rooftop available, usually from the beginning of October straight through to the new year – the friend who, and let me be perfectly clear about this, won’t be truly happy until Christmas is banned altogether – this very friend posted the following on his facebook page: