Chinese + Christian
Hi readers, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Is this the correct pronunciation? I don’t know! Maybe yes, maybe no! I just want to say this to you who celebrate the Lunar New Year. For me, you are the real definition of Anti-Mainstream. Why? People are using Gregorian calendar, but you are still using the ancient calendar. You are the agent of changing. Dare to be different!
Me? I am Chinese too. Well, only ¼ of me is Chinese. So I don’t really celebrate this Lunar New Year. But this year is special. This year is year of fire monkey. The year of Chimcar! I love monkey. You can tell.
Some people say that as a Christian, we are not allowed to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Why? Because we cannot follow God and follow Chinese tradition in the same time. We cannot serve two masters in the same time. Well, Jesus did follow Jewish tradition. So let us make this clear.
First, in Christianity, there is something similar with this celebration. People wear red. Older people give presents to the kids. Sounds like Christmas to me. So if Santa is real, he must be a Chinese.
Second, we actually can use this moment to do something good. Jesus always wants us to give our belonging to others. That’s the point of angpao! Well, if you don’t have anything to share, don’t worry. In Chinese language, ang means Red, pao means pack. So if someone asks you for angpao, give him a red envelope with anything in it (bible verse, motivational word, leaf, doesn’t matter).
Anyway, let us not worry about things like this. We know God allows us to have imlek holiday. Just use it. Have fun with it. Eat the pork! What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them
#ShareTheLove #ShareTheAngPao #Shalom1Jiwa