Have a blessed day; now fire me if you dare!
Dr. James Snyder | Robertson County News
For me, watching television is not an obsession; it is more like a distraction. I do not follow every little bit on the television screen. For me it is not a matter of life or death, it is just a matter of recreation. I know that nothing on TV is real. We can be in the middle of the next program and I do not realize that the first program has ended. Talk about confusing!
When something does catch my attention, boy does it have my attention.
“Did you,” I ask my wife, “hear that?”
“What?” She said with a very confused look on her face.
So I had to explain the news story that I just happened to catch. I do not know all of the details, I was not paying that much attention, just that someone was fired from their job for saying to a customer, “Have a blessed day.”
My wife then asked the question I was thinking. “What is wrong with telling someone to have a blessed day?”
I could not figure it out. It is like at Christmas time some places do not want their employees to say to the customer, “Merry Christmas.” The reasoning is, it might offend someone. What about us who are offended when somebody does not say Merry Christmas to us? This matter of being offended can go both ways. There should be an equal offended person law. There is a law for everything else.
I just would like to meet the person who is offended by somebody saying to him or her, “Have a blessed day.”
Later that evening I was watching a new crime/detective story on TV and all of a sudden, I heard some words that were offensive. They were saying curse words that I have never heard on TV before. I have always believed that if you have to use curse words, it is because your vocabulary is drastically lacking in intellectual responses to the world around you.
Here is my dilemma. Why can you say curse words on TV, which everybody knows is scripted, but you cannot say, “Have a blessed day,” without getting fired?
If I was in business I would want my employees to greet my clients with a cheerful, “Have a blessed day” and not some awful curse words.
I was complaining about this to a friend of mine who explained to me that curse words on television are considered “literary license.” Who is paying for that license I am wondering.
All of this has to do with the PC syndrome in our country today. The problem is what was PC yesterday is no longer PC today. Who knows what tomorrow’s PC will be.
What I cannot accept is the fact that being crude and rude is PC and saying something nice is not. Have we reverted to the caveman mentality? Is being nice is no longer acceptable behavior?
I like what David says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalms 103:1).
Perhaps the reason people are offended by that phrase is because they know that only God has the power to bless. If God is blessing me, I am going to turn around and bless people around me.
So, for those offended by that phrase let me say, “Have a blessed day. And fire me if you dare.”
Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or website www.jamessnyderministries.com.