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The 12 Hates of Christmas

Thanksgiving has passed, but Christmas is in the air. It’s magical, isn’t it? It’s something, that’s for sure. You’ve heard of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, but I have put together a list called “The 12 Hates of Christmas.” It’s not a “resolution” kind of list. It’s a “Where did all the fun that I was supposed to have go this holiday?” kind of list. It’s an “I have bunch of regrets mixed in with my fond memories and I don’t like it” kind of list.

I have decided to wade through all the junk to bring out what is (or should be) most important. I hope it might add a little levity, bring some focus to this busy time, and help improve your holiday celebration, whatever it may be—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan, or Festivus (for the rest of us). Feel free to steal these and… spread the holiday hate to help others, or something like that. Sometimes it helps to have a sense of humor.

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Affectless Faith

I was thinking about how much my faith cost to obtain, and how much it’s worth today. Like any product, I suppose it’s affected by the current market conditions, deflation, depreciation, etc. It doesn’t cost me much in maintenance, and I can’t even remember the initial investment.

I’m not even sure how much my faith is worth anymore. It’s one of the only things in life where the value drops the more it is unused. Faith – new in the box and in mint condition – is worth next to nothing. Whereas, a used model, scarred with years of wear and tear, is almost priceless!

We forget that our faith cost us next to nothing. But it cost Jesus everything to purchase for us. The only thing of any cost to us is the box we bought to put our faith into; close the lid and keep it (and us) safe. We wouldn’t want to let it out and start causing trouble, would we?

If I take a moment to reflect on the things I have said and done, the majority of my artistic expression, whether it be music, drama or other pursuits, all have one common denominator: they were targeted towards Christians. All my life, up to a recent time, I avoided mingling with those from the world. I wouldn’t drink wine. I wouldn’t see movies unless they’d received a positive rating from one of the Christian movie review sites. Stuff like that.

Then, I came to this realization: our faith isn’t affecting culture. Neither is it affecting us. We live in a completely separate culture. When we say we are “in the world but not of it,” we are misleading ourselves. We aren’t in it at all. We’re so focused on “living by the book,” we miss the reason why it was written.

Our faith is worth nothing more than mere pennies if we are so worried about taking it out of the box, and using it. Are we worried it will get scratched, bent or damaged if we take it into the world and use it for the reason it was given to us? That’s the only way it will have any value at all! If we believe in the Truth, like we say we do, then what are we afraid of? That the world might somehow convince us otherwise?

I think we are in much greater danger disconnecting ourselves into a separate culture, than when we enter the culture that is all around us. Get out into the world, experience its culture, revel in the goodness where you find it, and let your faith infiltrate and change the dark areas you encounter. Instead of being a bunch of observers, standing on the sidelines of the world, carrying our faith in boxes engraved with the letters WWJD or some other Christian catchphrase, put the box down and get in the game! Better yet, break open the box (its cheap plastic sides will come apart easily) and use that shiny, new Faith! Let it get dented and worn with use. Use it or lose it. Or you’ll forget where you left it, or how to use it.

Sure, your fellow side-liners are going to look at you differently. Sure they’ll probably talk about you behind your back, but as you begin to use your un-boxed faith, living your life with integrity, you’ll convince them to un-box their own faith. Together you can begin to influence a culture, and freely share the gift you’ve been given. You’ll be surprised that as you give it out yours will only grow more.

In the end, the value of your experienced, world-traveled faith in God will be greater than gold. And we’ll all be richer for it.

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Travis Klassen spends his life surrounded by beautiful women – his soulmate Brandee and their two daughters, Topanga and Tehillah. He is a writer, singer/songwriter and business owner, home-based near Vancouver, BC, Canada. You can check out his blog at www.earthtourist.org.

This article was printing in the March/April issue of Rethink Monthly magazine (issue #6).

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