Answer: The church tends to err in two extreme areas. On one side, there are the so-called liberals from the mainline denominations who have no problem endorsing same sex marriage, abortion, and other left wing causes. I had a student serving under me who came from a very liberal seminary—she did not believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God and espoused some of the most ungodly causes. I did not recommend her for a ministry positon because, quite frankly, I thought her to be a muddle-minded heretic and a pagan. Why, she was even anti-Semitic! How a Christian can curse Israel is beyond me!
On the other side, we have prune-faced, ill-tempered, sour-minded, laughless, joyless, grim fundamentalists who want to take the fun out of everything—and I can say this because, firstly, I am a fundamentalist, and, secondly, because I was once a prune-faced, ill-tempered, sour-minded, laughless, joyless, grim fundamentalist who tried to take the fun out of everything. But no more.
So you were criticized for wearing a Santa cap? Your faith was brought into question because you donned a festive red stocking cap? Oh, my!
I have no solution. Only encouragement. I could only wish all of these mean-spirited Christians would become Jehovah’s Witnesses or Buddhists.
I am a famous coffee drinker and caught wind that people were calling for a boycott of Starbucks because they did not like their red cups. I like good coffee and I dislike silly disputing. And such silliness gives Christians a bad name. I heard a Starbucks employee complaining about Christians and maybe he had a valid point.
Wear your red cap. Maybe I’ll get a red cap, too. Be merry! And don’t let some old sourpuss put you out. You belong to Jesus.