Every now and then, I have to move away from the subject of Christian music to talk about something else.
So to you I say..."Happy Christmas!"
Oh yeah. I said it. The big "C" word.
The one that has been around for centuries that is all of a sudden causing such an uproar in our community.
In fact, this year, Christian organizations across the nation are so frustrated about Target's recent decision to ban the word "Merry Christmas" from their in-store promotions and from their advertising in papers, TV, etc., (as well as the recent ban of Salvation Army bell ringers) that there is a call to ban shopping with the retailer all together.
I'm sorry, but am I the only believer left on this planet that has not lost it?
Am I truly the only one that could care less if Target shines bright in such a dark and dismal world?
One has to wonder if people are asking themselves this question before beginning to foam at the mouth: Before Target decided to rip the fabric of morality out of Christmas, what exactly was the company doing for the Kingdom of God in the first place?
The answer solves this issue fairly quickly in my mind. Absolutely nothing.
Target is not a pillar of our faith. They do not exist to bring people closer to God. Their employees do not pray for people's salvation in the laundry detergent isle.
Sure, these stores sell everything from CDs to underwear, but building up your personal faith has never been on their agenda.
So why do you care so much about it now?
But this catastrophic event is not just at Target. The fact is, "Christmas" IS under attack in our nation and more and more retailers, city leaders and school districts are taking the "we love everyone" approach as they replace "Christmas" with "Holidays."
It's sad and I don't quite understand it, but when believers begin to band together and shout for the collapse of companies and organizations that never had a moral agenda to begin with, I feel we look more like a bunch of rabid buffoons waiting to pounce than the caring, loving, compassionate people God wants us to be (deep breath).
If you are dying to tear down a retailer, tell everyone you know to stop wearing Abercrombie & Fitch. Even their own models can't stand wearing their clothes. There's a "down with the retailer" agenda I can get behind.
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.