Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rethinking Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Candles
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Sometimes God allows you to learn information that you can't ignore but you wish you could. I had one of those mornings. I was listening to James White's Tuesday's webcast (link here) and in the beginning he was discussing information about the origins of Kwanzaa - stuff I didn't know and had not considered. I've heard the cleaned up version of the story but not the information Dr White was bringing up. Dr White got the information from Pastor Eric Redmond's blog A Man from Issachar at the following link: Repost: (Against) Kwanzaa Resource: Sharing the Gospel With Your Kwanzaa Celebrating Friend. The post calls attention to the work by Carlotta Morrow’s research and book Kwanzaa: Cultural or Cultic. Her book traces the origins of Kwanzaa and points out just how incompatible it is with Christianity. Just the little bit I have heard and read so far, has made me have to rethink celebrating this holiday more and more.I've purchased the book and I am planning a more comprehensive review but for now just visiting her blog will give you much to consider. Read it at this link. Kwanzaa: Cultural or Cultic?
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15 comments:

  1. Marcus; a holiday is what you make it, I can't imagine you do anything during your kwanzaa celebrations that goes against what you think it means to be a christian.

    Just enjoy.

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  2. A holiday is more than just what you think it is. It's built on tradition and should have meaning. If it has no meaning, why would you waste your time?

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  3. If it has meaning to you, then cool.

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  4. Back to relativism? Okay. So why would you dismiss me rethinking what Kwanzaa means?

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  5. Because it obviously meant something to you, no reason to cast that aside because of a silly delusion.

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  6. I don't even think you have even examined any of the evidence and have yet to show any delusion. On top of that you are the one who thinks that you don't need to examine why you celebrate the holidays you celebrate - that is a delusion.

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  7. It's not that I don't think you should examine the holiday, I know all about the pagan roots of the christian holidays, and what they original meant to christians and what they mean today. I just think that everyone makes a holiday special to themselves and I can't imagine you are doing anything on Kwanzaa that would "jepordize your soul" or not "glorify god" (not that anyone is capable of doing either of those things anyway since souls and gods don't exist). If I had to guess, I would say you are simply honoring your genetic roots and not performing any animistic rites or sacrifices or anything.

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  8. Well, it seems you know even less about Kwanzaa than you do about Christianity. Congratulations.

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  9. Did you look at Redmond's or Morrow's resources?

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  10. The animistic rites and sacrifices thing was tongue in cheek, idiot.

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  11. "tongue in cheek"? Well, ask around and see if it was not also offensively racist.

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  12. However knowing it was more ignorant than racist.

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  13. Do you call that an apology? Not a good one.

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