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Last year, my friend Dave had the idea to get a couple of us guys out to be Salvation Army bell ringers at a local store. He was determined not to just sit there quietly but to play Christmas music from his boombox alternated with us singing live Christian-themed traditional Christmas carols throughout our shift. We wished shoppers a merry Christmas whether they donated or not, let little kids ring our bells when their parents made donations, helped shoppers get stuff to their cars, joked around, and tried to be the most animated bell ringers people were likely to see. (I suppose there might be some dancers and virtuoso singers and instrumentalists out there who would surpass us for energy and skill, but we didn’t do too badly for a couple of old guys.)
We had two nights scheduled this week, and I learned about the Salvation Army critical race theory stuff just a couple of days before. I was somewhat conflicted at first, and I did not comment on the conversations about the Salvation Army that were posted here. I finally concluded that the greater good would be to go out and spread the Joy of Christmas as best we could. I’m glad I did.
There were three of us singing the first night, and toward the end, the Salvation Army major who coordinates the local effort came out and joined us in the caroling. I could see that she was enjoying it as much as we were.
I believe that we did a lot more good out there than we would have had we reneged on our commitment and sent a disapproving letter to the local Salvation Army office.
We are going to schedule a Saturday afternoon gig at another store closer to Christmas. It’s going to be another store because the major did not have any Saturdays to give out there. I say that so you don’t think we were kicked out.
I believe that CRT and all the other “stuff” is not at the heart of the Salvation Army or the red-kettle drive. Don’t let the joy busters get you down. Is there not a cause? Indeed, there is.Published in