If you don't believe that Christianity is your true faith, do you still give gifts, sing carols etc?
I believe this could be part of the discussion.
Not to mention, enjoy the holidays.
Interesting article. I've taught JWs in the past who have demanded that their children be excluded from Christmas parties so they certainly felt they were religious. Damned if you do.........
My Gran was once confronted by JW parents in reference to her nursery Christmas party.
My Gran tol them in no uncertian terms that thier child WOULD join in the festivities, and could make cards with snowmen and robins on like many of the others!
"I'm not having a party with one child sitting on his own, and I'm not cancelling the christmas run-up just for one child"
The boy went to the party, and he got a present!
Interesting - but I suspect it would be seen very differently if the teacher were from a non-mainstream faith and insisted that the children do what she wanted, rather than what the parents wanted?
My Nephew who is 9 began attending a Sunday School.
There is a list of attendants (sort of register I think) posted every week.
His name is omitted because he isn't Christened as yet.
His mum is C of E(I think ) His dad was catholic. Hence the delay.
He now feels he is somewhat unworthy to go to Sunday School.
Personally I think a faith that won't acknowledge a possible recruit is somewhat lacking and intollerant.
In terms of doctrine, Christian churches don't require one to dress up. A few denominations follow the custom of women wearing a head covering.
Theoretically, modesty could be a problem, but the idea of someone showing up for church without a shirt is so unlikely that I don't know if it has
ever come up.
I once picked up a person looking for a handout on the way to church. He stayed with us through the worship, I introduced him to friends, and he got some food and a little money from different people. He wasn't in a suit.
A person might be conspicuous if he was dressed differently than most, but the same would hold true if a Christian from Africa showed up in heritage clothing in an American or European church. And folks in his church would look at me if I showed up in my American church clothes.
We have ladies who wear traditional African clothes most Sundays in the summer, at our church. The clothes add *soo* much colour - it's great!
My own church has people who don't dress very formally, and I apprecite that, because a person without a suit would not feel out of place.
I remember hearing about a fellow who came into a church where most of the people were dressed up (suits, ties, ladies with jewelry). He was dressed in very casual clothes. One of the elders, thinking the young visitor might be uncomfortable, quickly stripped off his tie and otherwise adjusted his own clothing so as to more closely match the visitor, so he wouldn't be the only one.