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12 December 2009


Last night and next Friday night, Freedom House has volunteered to be a part of Brantford's Christmas celebrations by caroling in Harmony Square while skaters skate by the big beautiful Christmas Tree. It had been MANY years since I had caroled, but growing up, it was actually not that uncommon. I know this because AS A "CARROL" caroling registered high on the mockery-scale. This morning, Brian and I post-scripted the night.

D: I was actually quite impressed with the theological depth of some of the songs 2nd and 3rd verses.

B: Christmas carols have a high J count

D: That and blunt, unapologetic salvation!

B: And lots of Satan references... muhaha

D: It really wasn't that long ago that people caroled door to door. I remember doing it in elementary school... with the school and with my family/church too. Funny how secular our culture has become in the last 20 years and how quickly we've totally forgotten that it wasn't always that way.

B: We did too

D: It's a stunningly quick and drastic cultural mindset shift. It will take an even greater toll on our land/moral mindset over time if there isn't a fresh wave of Christ sown into the common fibre of society. I want revival and all that good stuff too... but what is really needed to shift is a new wineskin of genuine influence of Christ in the functional culture of cities.

B: Genuine influence has to be equated with a strong stand and strong life (but the branding happens - "right wing, bigoted, religious, etc) and limits even well intentioned people. Wonder what counteracts that?

D: Projects that make people move because it's enticingly GOOD.

B: And people who can speak well in public in respectful yet strong ways and point to God in a fresh way.

D: When you live respectfully, I think people will even listen to the most evangelical of messages (spoken or sung) IF you have genuine human respect for everyone.

B: Most have either cowardly stuck their head in the sand - or spoken harshly and got pegged that way.

D: This is why Christians get pegged as "anti" things instead of "pro". I think Christians in Canada are defeatist and have a huddled mentality. We/they consider evangelism war and come at it with a chip on our shoulder. We assume that the big bad world will hate us so we're confrontational first.

B: That develops the us vs them mentality before anything is said. (Brian then made reference to what a mutual friend posted on Facebook this morning. It said...)

"Xmas" and "X-mas" are common abbreviations of the word "Christmas". They are sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but they, and variants such as "Xtemass", originated as handwriting abbreviations for the correct pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part came from the Latin-derived Old English word for "mass".[1] The ..."X" in Xmas is from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of Χριστός, Christ in Greek

B: The closest most Christians get to witnessing is "it's not X-mas"

Excellent discussion.. sounds like one we should pick up this week on Freedom House TV so you can have your say too. As we stood in the pubic square singing about salvation, redemption, and broken curses (as well as figgy-pudding and gay apparel) ... it felt good. Hopeful. Nice. Right. I think one of the beauties of Christmas is that we're all open to the possibility that GOOD could somehow prevail. It's our job to make sure that that hope is fanned into flame.

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