Halloween, the gateway to holiday madness, is upon us. In the Northern latitudes, the air is crisp, the days shortened and leaves are in free-fall everywhere we look.
We also fast-approaching the time of year when the sanctimonious among us will begin to practice getting indignant if we wish them Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
The image featured here was going around on social media and it’s an important reminder to the Christmas crowd that we live in a multicultural world. The Merry-Christmas crowd seems to miss the fact that the Bible is but 1 sacred text, and that much of the wisdom contained in its pages are echoed in ancient writings from across the world.
Consider the following:
In the book of Proverbs (Mishlei Shlomo in Hebrew) much is written about the importance of the words we speak.
Here are 3 verses (of many):
- When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (Proverbs 10:19)
- Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Proverbs 17:28)
- Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. (Proverbs 21:23)
And from the New Testament (Christian Bible):
- If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
Here we have a similar message coming from 2 religions with different holidays (and greetings!). But wait, there’s more!
We don’t have to look much farther to find even more counsel on the importance of watching our words from the Tao Te Ching – “a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism“.
Here’s text from Chapter 56 from the Tao:
Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know.
This is but 1 example of the wisdom that is shared across traditions – there are many, many more. Spiritual wisdom belongs to no one sect, no single religion, no individual tradition. It belongs to us all. Holiday cheer should also belong to us all.
If you believe that your religion wants you to “correct” people who wish you a Happy Holiday season, I encourage you to write down the verse from James 1:26 and carry it with you:
26 If any among you seem to be religious and bridleth not your tongue, but deceiveth your own heart, your religion is vain.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Blessed Yule! Happy Kwanza! Seasons Greetings!
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