Have you heard? The newest ‘privilege on the block is now Christian Privilege. Up to now, the ‘privilege’ affecting so many of us has been ‘White Privilege’. Well, I still haven’t wrapped my head around what White Privilege is or how I acquired it and now in addition to possibly being in legal sin of some sort with that, I find out I am also endowed with Christian Privilege.
First of all, just to clear the air a bit, I do not remember at the time of my conception being given a choice of being white, black, or brown. Nope, I was born and that was that, I was white. And, if white was the color du jour and God is a merciful God, why did He arbitrarily assign skin colors rather than coming up with a neutral tone for everyone? So, I resent being condemned for something I had no control over.
Now, the White Privilege masses are also entitled to belong to the Christian Privilege group. A pause for a question: If, to avoid the label of being a part of Christian Privilege, someone denounces any kind of Godly faith, does that now label them with ‘Atheist Privilege’?
A thought does come to mind, however. Not just white people (or whatever variation of the color wheel you might belong to . . .) are Christians. In fact, attend a Christian service most any Sunday and you will find quite a variety of ‘color’ in the congregations. Now, are only the white people in attendance of the Christian Privilege persuasion? Should the other races be parceled out in title because they are obviously sharing that church time with us white Christian Privilege people.
Given this mixture of races sharing time with God in the same pews at the same respective churches, wouldn’t it be safe to say that if you want freedom or prejudice from race, color, or creed, Christianity is the way to go? As one of our hymns go, All Are Welcome . . .
Now, the media didn’t come out and say that all Christians are white but there is always the insinuation and the Christian Privilege seems to be quietly linked to us pale pew warmers. With some thought (not a liberal strength), it seems to me in my humble opinion that Christian Privilege is actually a good and noble state of being. It is the one thing that includes all people, that doesn’t judge, and makes better people of all that attend.
I say we all drive the crazies that came up with Christian Privilege into turmoil by regarding the title as a compliment acknowledging our faith in God and wanting to be the best people we can be.
He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.
St. Augustine of Hippo
November is my favorite month of the year and not for the usual ‘turkey’ reason you might think! November is when I start planning and buying for my Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoe box for children in far away places. This will be my third year and I’ve gone from doing one box the first year all the way up to four this year. What can I say? I’m addicted and love thinking about some child in strapped circumstances finding a shoe box loaded with all kinds of unexpected items including one special thing like a tee shirt or baseball for a boy and a pretty dress for a girl. It is amazing how much you can cram into one of the plastic shoe boxes you can find at Walmart for under a dollar. My younger daughter started doing shoe boxes for the first time last year. She is hooked now and planning to do two of her own. Besides, we like the challenge of my husband saying, “You are never going to get that stuff packed in that shoe box and proving him wrong!
I usually buy my proposed shoe boxes in the summer. Every time I find something cute, fun, or useful for my chosen age group, I buy it and toss it in one of the four boxes I already have on hand.
Truth be told, depending on what you buy, it can cost around $30 including the $9 donation to go towards the shipping. It is a challenge trying to keep within a budget but when I look at what has been purchased for my own children compared to this simple shoe box, I buy what I need for some child’s first real Christmas and worry about the cost later.
My husband’s part in this is taking our boxes over to the collection center. There are collection centers all over the country so most everyone finds a convenient one. Last year, he was one of a small group at the center at the same time. The person in charge asked each person to state something in their lives that needed prayer and the people all gathered in a circle, holding hands, and praying for each other and for the safe and happy delivery of each Christmas box to a happy child.
Interested? https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ Some people have told me that it just doesn’t fit into their Christmas budget. The only way we can manage is to consider the overseas recipient children as part of our Christmas costs treating them like one of our children. And, if you start in the summer to start stockpiling items, you usually only have to get a few more items and the box is quickly packed and on its way.