Irony in christmas eve service & elephant poop

I attended a christmas eve service with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter at their methodist church. This service was "child friendly" and children and audience all participated (made animal noises, etc). I found one part particularly interesting. At the beginning, the pastor was discussing the nativity scene and explained that no really knows what animals were there. She then plucked an elephant from the scene and explained that she particularly liked the elephant. "As everyone knows the elephant is known for never forgetting. We all know that isn't true but I like the thought. I put the elephant in the nativity scene as a reminder to all of us that it is our duty to never forget." This theme was repeated several times during the service. "The elephant is a reminder that our duty is to never forget". 

 

I was chuckling to myself throughout the whole service because of the irony I saw in this. I also found it sad that no-one else seemed to see it. You don't see one of your beliefs …or at least support systems based on a lie, that you know is a lie? Jeez, the pastor told you is was a lie. Yes indeed, they are lambs …or should that be lemmings? 

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Tags: Christianity

Comment by Jennifer Ulean Breedlove on December 26, 2010 at 7:28pm
Gotta love how the pastor himself can contradict himself and they nod their heads and over look it..
Comment by Shine on December 26, 2010 at 7:50pm
You had me at "elephant poop!" :)
Comment by Thew on December 31, 2010 at 11:54am
I was raised a Methodist. At least they weren't as "fire and brimstone" as the Southern Baptists. I suppose its better to be calmly delusional than madly.

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