I like Jesus. As I’ve said many times, probably more so since becoming Hindu. Because Hinduism is the path of the many and various merging into the One. I try not to take any religion too seriously, even my own, but I do revere the Christ.
His disciples, on the other hand, sometimes make me shake my head. For instance if you have a Facebook account you’ve likely seen this thing that is going around that goes something like this:
(Something about prayer in schools) OR
(Something about “Merry Christmas”, not “Happy Holidays”)
followed by something like:
“I bet 90% of you will ignore this” OR
(Something about the quote from Jesus about denying him 3 times, and then it goes ahead and gives the reader three chances to affirm the message followed by “Like and Share if you agree” thereby setting up dissenters for damnation, it seems to me)
I understand that a Christian’s religion commands him or her to preach the Good News of the Christ. That is one thing.
But to send out a message to your friends and family, and first of all telling them that you doubt that they will affirm the message, and second of all doing so on a forum where you know full well that when they do or don’t, you can keep tabs on it through your Feed…well that is not spreading the Good News, and frankly it is not even a show of faith. It is just grown-up peer pressure. And I have said as much in response to such a post. And I use the term “grown-up” loosely in this context.
Also, as you may know, in the U.S. we have somehow politicizing the religious festival of Christmas. That is ridiculous enough for me. But the fact that one minute they (mainly Conservatives, let’s face it) will say “Santa Claus” is Satan’s way of taking God out of the holiday and in the next breath they are deploring the fact that Christmas imagery (including Santa Claus) is being downplayed in the name of inclusiveness and political correctness is just stunning contradictory rhetoric.
Feeling the way I do about all paths leading back to the same Original Source, and depending on the message, I could just go ahead and affirm SOME of these Facebook posts. But I don’t, for a few reasons:
I don’t think it is possible to take prayer out of any place to begin with. To say that it is possible is to confirm that what you are really talking about is mandatory prayer, which no true believer should ever condone.
Also it’s none of my business what you wish people in December and none of yours what I wish others. If someone wished me a Merry Christmas and I did not celebrate it, I would be a grown-up and simply thank them but explain that was not my religion. Or I would just appreciate the sentiment, that another human wished me goodwill for Christ’s sake.
Hinduism is, for most of us, a religion of non-proselytizing. Though there have been a good number of well-known Hindu missionaries to the West, not many with an eye toward conversion like the missionaries that India received from the West. I do share things about Hinduism on Facebook. But whether people agree with the posts is none of my business. And whether they share it, even less so. I simply don’t care or need to know. It is an offering. Bridge-building. That is all it is, and I feel like that is what it is for any other Hindu who Shares anything about our Dharma. In fact I have never ever seen such a post that included a reminder to “Like and Share”. Certainly never a challenge to do so, or suggesting shame upon those who don’t!
Thank you for reading.
…and remember to LIKE and Share.