The new age of medical arts was running amuck throughout offering such practices as Reiki, Acupuncture and Tibetan Singing Bowls but down the hall where my friend worked, scripture engraved jewelry and decorative crosses lined the shelves. It was not uncommon to hear Christian music fill my friend’s workplace and God dwelt there in the praises of His people. Until that tragic day when someone took offense to the cross and the word was given to either offer a representation of all beliefs or none at all. Not wanting to display and encourage the worship of other Gods, he choose none at all and was forced to pull all Christian items off the shelves despite his spiritual conviction.
Christmas arrived at this brand new high-tech hospital with a gleam of hope by the Menorah displayed at the front desk but when it came to hanging garland and displaying Santa’s in my friends attempt to meet this diversified creed he found that garland and ornaments were considered “Christian”. But what truly amazed me was that I never knew Santa had converted to Christianity. Tell me… since when did he give his life to Christ? Checking Bible Gateway revealed no reference to Santa Claus or for that matter garland. In fact… if I think back I find garland in my pagan past. My friend actually had a conference call about his alleged pro-Christmas stand where even the pagan acknowledged that my friend was right and Christmas trees and garland are from pagan traditions. However the HR committee decided that Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, garland and ornaments along with the colors of gold red and white were guilty by association with the word “Christmas”. And so down came the garland, the snowmen melted and Santa flew out with his reindeer. Yet this leader of diversity defended the Reiki, Acupuncture and Singing Bowls… after all they had no association with “Christ” only the new age arts which fit the multi-faith label.
Now the symbols of Christ and the Christians are gone leaving a spiritual void for the diversified world and the ultimate healer and giver of eternal life has left the building. "911… what’s your emergency?” “Hospital is in Code Red”!
©By S. A. Tower, 2013