Well, to keep in line with my updates, today should be the day that I am bicycling from Seneca Falls, NY, to Syracuse, NY.
Number 5: You Will Never Break The Habit Of Using “Jesus Christ!” While Cursing
I know I haven’t. And it’s not just that. It’s basic Christian references in every day life. If you’re trying really hard to, I suppose you could. But what it boils down to is that the American culture goes hand in hand with its Christian undertones. We can fight it all we want, choosing to use the German words for “Bless You” when someone sneezes, but all that really does is make you feel better.
You have to remember that we’re not meant to be a mainstream religion and a mainstream movement. Would you really want the entire world going “Goddess Bless!” when someone sneezed? Or sayings, “merry part!” as a goodbye? That is our culture, and we should use it when we’re among friends.
There’s no reason to be ashamed of “taking the Lord’s name in vain” when you stub your toe. This really falls under the ‘practical’ heading of paganism. We are not always what our culture makes us, but much of the time, little things like that get into our heads and can’t get out. When your boss, your coworkers, your family use the expressions that may have come from Christianity, or Judaism, or any other religion, but many, many people use them, it is no longer an exclusively religious expression. It has become, through mainstream acceptance, a cultural expression, thereby alleviating the guilt when a pagan(or a jew or a hindu or a muslim) yells “Jesus F$%$%$% Christ!”