A priest friend of mine makes a point of preaching special holiday sermons—sermons that are myth-busters, in which he takes a popular idea or belief about that holiday and shows how those ideas or beliefs are false. His reasoning is that holidays are the only times some people go to church, and so he may not get the opportunity to preach again to those people for several months—so he has to hit them while he can!
This is the season where, in America, everywhere you look you’ll see pilgrims and Indians and turkeys. You’ll see specials on television about what is referred to as “the first Thanksgiving.”
The pilgrims must have had the best PR available, because they didn’t really have the first Thanksgiving!
Actually, I’m thankful that they didn’t. The so-called pilgrims, were the enemy. They hated us. They hated our church, our Prayerbook, and our bishops. They wanted to put as much distance between us and them as possible. The puritan separatists were coming to North America not for freedom of religion, as their PR says, but for two reasons. First, they wanted to get away from everything that makes Anglican Christianity what it is, such as tradition, liturgy, sacraments, even Christmas! Second, they wanted the power to force everyone else to also. No, I have no sympathy, no affection, no respect for those pseudo-Christians at all! Continue reading