We all know the JWs can be totally inconsistent and even downright Hypocritical regarding certain issues. They set themselves up as judge and jury according to the latest whims of their ‘faithful and discreet slave’.
They post questions and answers, pontificating about Easter, Christmas & Birthdays, True Christians shouldn’t be involved in these ‘so-called ‘Pagan celebrations’ they cry! We are the only ‘true Christians’ in the world today because we don’t participate in these events, they tell us. You all know what I mean.
And yet if you visit JW.org and look up the (Awake sept 22nd 2003) and find the article entitled “The Pinata-An ancient tradition” we find the following quote
“We peer over into the patio and observe a gaily decorated papier-mâché burro suspended between two trees. A blindfolded child is striking out at the burro with a stick, attempting to break it. The guests are shouting encouragement. At last, the burro bursts open, and candy, fruit, and toys spill out. Amid much laughter, all scramble to pick up the treats. It looks like fun. We are told that the burro is called a piñata and that breaking a piñata at fiestas is a tradition here in Mexico and some other Latin-American countries”.
(Notice the “looks like fun” bit).
The article goes on to consider “the origin of the pinata” and “the pinata today” where it states:
“The Chinese may have been the first to use something like a piñata as part of their New Year’s celebration, which also marked the beginning of spring. They made figures of cows, oxen, and buffalo, covering them with colored paper and filling them with five kinds of seeds. Colored sticks were used to break the figures open. The decorative paper that covered the figures was burned and the ashes gathered and kept for good luck during the coming year”.
Forgive me but doesn’t that show it up as a ‘PAGAN CELEBRATION’ especially when a few sentences later we find the following;
“However, the missionaries (Spanish) may have been surprised (as we were) to find that the native people of Mexico already had a similar tradition. The Aztecs celebrated the birthday of Huitzilopochtli, Their god of the sun and war, by placing a clay pot on a pole in his temple at the end of the year. The pot was adorned with colorful feathers and filled with tiny treasures. It was then broken with a stick, and the treasures that spilled out became an offering to the god’s image. The Maya also played a game in which blindfolded participants hit a clay pot suspended by a string.
(Notice the “Their god of sun and war” & “The god’s image”).
When reading this article in the ‘Awake’ we are left in no doubt that the ‘pinata’ is ‘pagan’ in its origin. So you could be forgiven in thinking that the ‘faithful & discreet slave’ should have no trouble condemning it as they do Birthday’s, Christmas (especially as we find in the article Later, the piñata became part of the festivities of the ‘posadas’
during the Christmas season) & Easter eggs. After all its kids “Having fun” as they said in the opening passage.
BUT NO! The article concludes with the following classic Hypocritical quote;
“When considering whether to include a piñata at a social gathering, Christians should be sensitive to the consciences of others. (1 Corinthians 10:31-33) A main concern is, not what the practice meant hundreds of years ago, but how it is viewed today in your area. Understandably, opinions may vary from one place to another. Hence, it is wise to avoid turning such matters into big issues. The Bible says: “Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.”—1 Corinthians 10:24.
Did you get that ? “When considering whether to include a (pagan) piñata at a social gathering, Christians should be sensitive to the consciences of others.” And “A main concern is, not what the practice meant hundreds of years ago, but how it is viewed today in your area.” Or even “Hence, it is wise to avoid turning such matters into big issues”.
So JW friends, perhaps you can explain the difference, and inform us why you turn Birthday’s, Christmas ‘gifts’ and Easter eggs into ‘Big Issues ’”as the main concern is not what the practice meant hundreds of years ago”. After all, just like the (Pagan Pinata) its only kids having fun.
And please don’t use the Bad things happen at birthdays excuse as the Aztecs and Maya were renowned for their human sacrifices.
I personally celebrated Easter remembering the death and resurrection of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.