On the WMBW home page, a brief bio refers to my personal religious leanings as “other — really.” To elaborate at any length might ruin the Holiday Season for most of you, and it’s Christmas Eve: a voice in my head (that of my late mother, I suspect) urges me to mark the occasion with something appropriate to the season. So I have a few things to share.
First, I highly recommend David Wong’s wonderful article, “10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (and Must) Agree On.” It’s from the December 16, 2007 issue of Cracked. (Along with Mad magazine, Cracked deserves at least some credit or blame for making me the man I am today.) But while Wong’s article is humorous in many respects, it’s also very much in tune with We May Be Wrong. Well, sort of. I mean, actually, since Wong’s 10 Things article has had over 1.8 million views, that’s a bit like like saying the ocean’s in tune with the last drop of rain to fall into it. But I hope you catch my drift. I really wish not just 1.8 million, but 1.8 billion, had read Wong’s article. In addition to being the sort of article I’d love to publish on this website, it also has a bunch of really cool pictures. Check them out!
Second, that same voice (yes, now I’m sure it belongs to my late mother) tells me that because it’s Christmas eve, I ought to say something about Jesus. And since I respect Jesus at least as much as I respect David Wong, I’ll post four of my favorite things about Jesus.
1. He is said to have preached that one should love one’s neighbor, and even one’s enemy.
2. He is said to have preached, “Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
3. He apparently instructed his followers not to swear. As I read it, he didn’t seem to be talking about four-letter words; rather, he seemed to be warning against swearing to the certain truth of anything. (“Swear not at all: neither by heaven… nor by the earth…because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”)
4. It is said that he repeatedly asked his followers, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
I’d like to think that with that sort of philosophy, if Jesus had been connected to the internet, he might not have disapproved entirely of We May Be Wrong.
My third Christmas offering is a link to a You-Tube video of this season’s performances at our (backyard) Friend’s Theater.
I know that my mother would have liked it. She was an ardent Christian, but she was also a ham.
As for Jesus, I’d like to think he wouldn’t have been offended that we chose Clark Clement Moore’s poem to perform this season, rather than Luke’s rendition of the Nativity. As I read the gospels, Jesus comes across as a pretty humble guy who (laughing with us, not at us) might have chuckled at our ineptness — and that’s what I like most about him.