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?