I was lunching with a client the other day. She remarked that she had recently dined at a well known area restaurant. "There was a large table of 'church people' celebrating something. They held hands and prayed--out loud. Nobody wants to listen to that!" The server brought our meals and the subject was changed.
Here's what I regret not saying. Christians are not particularly concerned with being politically correct. Christians share an inner-knowing about the comfort, support and joy our faith provides. Most Christians don't intentionally try to publicly piss people off. But when you get a group of like-minded Christians together sharing celebration, there will be words of gratitude and a simple blessing of our food. Christians pray in public and often out loud.
I wish I was better at articulating my thoughts. Yesterday's San Bernadino tragedy has me incensed, outraged, horrified and terribly sad. I can't wrap my head around work colleagues, innocently enjoying a Christmas celebration, then being senselessly gunned down. The brutal acts of the twisted Jihad terrorists inspire me speak out, pray harder and pray at full volume.
In days of yore, I advised sellers to limit Christmas decorations. I was parroting staging protocol."Christmas decor could be offensive to non-Christians". Later, I followed my heart and changed my advice. Yes, Christians deck the halls, trim your tree and set up the Nativity!