Well, it is "officially" the end of the "Christmas season"- the gift-giving, commercial part of our holiday. (Hopefully, you are excited that the the CHRIST part of Christmas lasts all through the year!) As we finished our last visit with out of town family last weekend, I talked with my sister and her husband about a new trend we found this shopping season. No, it wasn't the sales. No, it wasn't the hottest gift of the season. We talked about a surprising "Christmas spirit" we both experienced this year- for the first time. Now, my sister and I live in different states, so I am wondering if it is a national trend. Are you wondering by now this new Christmas "tradition"?We both either experienced or witnessed SEVERAL times people sticking up their middle finger to other people!
Now the first time it happened, I could hardly believe my eyes! A young driver, apparently unhappy with my driving skills, looked right at me through her windshield and "flipped me off" (that's what we called it in high school!). That was the first time of this shopping season, but my husband, Brian, soon experienced being "flipped off" himself. And, we counted at least 4 times we witnessed shoppers doing the same to one another in the Target parking lot. We even saw one young man roll down his window and scream "F--- you, lady!" Walking through Sears, tire shopping after Christmas, Brian and I were shocked by two teenage boys walking not a foot behind us, using every swear word imaginable, including the "F" word. I never dreamed shopping would be an "R" rated experience!
So, imagine my surprise when my sister and her husband experienced the same thing! And, we all agreed that times have changed. We NEVER would have considered using such foul language in public, and certainly NEVER to a person older than us. I don't remember sticking my middle finger up at someone. I can't even fathom looking someone in the eye and doing it!
So, what is going on?????? Is it a lack of respect? Is it that kids see it on TV and think it is normal? Hasn't anyone told them it is wrong? Am I getting old? Is there just a wearing away of human decency and treating others, including strangers with courtesy?
I would love to get some conversations going on about this! Please comment your ideas and email to friends to comment. Also, have you had similar experiences (or hopefully NOT)???
Father, I can't leave the blog without leaving it with you. Please forgive us, Lord. How it must hurt you when we treat others so badly. I hate when someone is mean to my children. How your heart must break that we are treating your children, made in your image, with such disrespect. Help us to love one another. And, help us, as Christ followers, your representatives here on earth to love others. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.