And as instructed in the words of good king Benjamin, an examination of greed is
much more effective when conducted internally, rather than outwardly.The story of Ebenezer Scrooge is indeed a story of redemption, and that is why
it speaks to me. The softening of the heart, the growing of the awareness of
others. I am acquainted with aethiests and agnostics who hold a tender regard
for those around them, and who enjoy life too much to be caught up in the bitter
judgement of others. The Grinch or Ebenezer, neither are the sole property of
the Christian world.But it IS the Christian work.
One final comment for which I had no space on my other post:Sadly
it is very "hard for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven". Such
a man is depicted in the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. The rich man died
and suffered torment and asked that his five brothers be warned by Lazarus of
their fates that they might repent.The deceased rich man was told by
Father Abraham that his brothers had the prophets to warn them; failing that
they would not be persuaded "though one rose from the dead". (Luke
chapter sixteen)So though Dickens' story be inspired and
inspiring no Jacob Marley from the dead(or Jesus Christ come to that) would
apparently persuade that rich man, his five brothers, or his fifty million
brothers. Some of these men doubtless are politicians red and blue, others
"excellent men of business" but all are no doubt "squeezing,
wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinners" like
EScrooge was. Let's try not to be, or become like them. Lets hope some
of them do hearken to the prophet without the aid of spirits.
Perhaps it might dampen the enthusiasm of some to apply "A Christmas
Carol" yet more closely to ourselves. I'm glad this article widens the
application from the 1840's to many of "us" today.Malthusian economics, social Darwinism, stingy employers who could, but
don't, pay more to employees, those who begrudge a paid day off at
Christmas etc etc .... I think Dickens indicated a much bigger problem and the
wailing of myriad spirits who "forged their chains in life"; Marley and
the unrepentant Scrooge were just the tip of the iceberg in the 1840's, as
now. Many employers / big corporations don't even allow a day
off for Christmas and I'm not talking about essential services either.
Scrooge was consequently superior to those in my view,even before his unwelcome
guests arrived in his beggarly abode. As Dickens dismissed the carollers with a
scowl so today one can hardly see a "religious" greetings card displayed
at work.I do think we all can learn from Dickens' moral tale -
and improve.My favorite versions are the Alistair Sim version and
the cartoon version with the voiceover of Jim Carey as the main character.
I'm surprised that Mr. Wilkins would say "The Cratchits have everything
they need." That is most certainly false. The Cratchits, like most
middle-class folks, work all their lives to try and survive within a system that
could leave them at any moment without income, housing, or healthcare, while the
Scrooges of the world couldn't care less. Things haven't changed, e.g.
18000 Hostess workers laid off while the mismanager CEO and cronies walk away
with big bonuses.
Like Scrooge and Cratchitt, I will have a mug of christmas cheer!
The error about President Monson noted by Mayfair and KC Mormon doesn't appear
in the version for printing - Which is the version I read as it is all on one
page!I love A Christmas Carol. I have watched many different
versions. I think it is about time to read it in the original. I'm impressed
President Monson finds the time to read it each year.
Thank you for your comment, it clears things upMerry Christmas
jkdsI am copying and pasting this directly from the article because it is
very clear were the first poster got the idea that President Monson was the one
who acted in the play"For more than 20 years President Monson has
played the role of Scrooge for 27 years at Hale Centre Theatres annual
production of A Christmas Carol."it is clear by the authors
reply that the line was a misprint however he should perhaps say that rather
than that it is not in the story. It is infact on page 2
We need to be careful about reducing the gospel to mere morality or ethics.
Without the sacrifice of the saviour and access to his atonement, no amount of
'Christian' service would save us.What resonates with Latter-day
Saints from A Christmas Carol is the ministering of angels, the gift of visions
of past, present and future to gain personal insight, the possibility of
overcoming the natural man, and the joy found in family. For us, these have
theological dimensions not merely moral ones.
@IndependantLiberalIn reading your comment I had to go back and check.. on
page 2 under "Gospel Themes" it says "Wilkins has played the role
of Scrooge for 27 years at Hale Centre theater's annual production of "A
Christmas Carol"I also thought that it was interesting that the
person that you were correcting also seems to be the man WHO WROTE the
Merry Christmas to you Dear Mr. Atheist,While I will not try to
define who you are and what you believe (as you often try to do to anybody who
is religious) I can say that at least for me my Religious beliefs have compelled
me to do as much good in the world as I can. Perhaps someday when your
bitterness has waned you might recognize that there are many of us for whom this
is the case.But until then I'll reply to your "bah humbug"
as Fred does in the play: "I'll keep my Christmas humor to the last, so a
Merry Christmas to you!"
These are "Gospel themes" because, of course, only religious people
can change from unhappy to happy;and only religious people can
provide service to others;and only religious people can care for the
poor and fight against "ignorance and want", right?Because
only religious people have the market cornered, the patent on, and the copyright
for all goodness, morality and decency in the world, right?Only
religious people can experince or express "love and of generosity and of
goodness," is that it?Bah, humbug on such an idea!
No kidding! I can imagine few examples of casting that are such opposites of
type casting as having President Monson play the "old" Scrooge. Not a
bad fit for the "new" Scrooge, though!Dickens also wrote
about Christmas in Chapter 28 of "The Pickwick Papers." While not as
powerful as writing a whole story on the subject, it is full of heart-softening
sentiment perfect for reading this time of year if you feel a case of the Grinch
coming on.Years ago, I found a full-page newspaper ad taken out by a
liquor company. Chivas Regal, maybe. They ran "A Christmas Carol", the
whole thing, on that page. Small print, but readable. How cool! I wish somebody
would do it again.
Mr. TrentHave you read the article?2nd Page under Gospel
ThemesFor more than 20 years President Monson has PLAYED the role of
Scrooge for 27 years at Hale Centre Theatres annual production of A Christmas
For many who confuse the United Order with Socialism, Fascism, and Communism as
practiced in many countries under many leaders this is used as a means of all
capitalist or businessmen as greedy and that equality to be accomplished is a
goal too large for individual charity, or business charity. It can only be done
by government taking and then forcing the people to do right so that none shall
be lost.True their system wasn't perfect. Neither is our's. They had
"prisons", "Union workhouses", and the "Treadmill and
the Poor Law". We have bankrupty among other things. But there were others,
businessmen, who were rich enough to be able to give and did help the poor as
shown by the two gentlemen who were visiting them with requests. Those willing
to help were represented by Fezziwig; while the unwilling by Scrooge and his
father (for whatever reasons).Giving isn't entirely limited to the rich.
The middle-class and the poor also give as they can.Unexpressed is the
attitude of the receiver but I have 16 words left and that is another subject.
One of the many biblical juxtaposition of images Dickens masterfully wove into
his " A Christmas Carol " was the symbolic old testament image of
Ebenezer with an old grizzled miser Scrooge. While a humorous image,
Ebenezer is a very motivating and inspiring ancient Hebrew symbol:"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshannah and
named it Ebenezer; for he said, " Thus far the LORD has helped us." (
1 Samuel 4:1-11 and 5:1 )The word Ebenezer comes from Hebrew and is
actually two words pronounced together: Even Haazer. It is usually
transliterated as a proper name dropping the definite article (Ha) from the
Hebrew word for "help" (Ezer) combining with the Hebrew word for
"stone" (Even) to create "Ebenezer" . The etymological roots
of the word, should demonstrate that an "Ebenezer" is, literally, a
" Stone of Help." source; writings of Dr. Gregory S. Neal Senior
pastor of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Mesquite Texas.I
love how Dickens rich and deep symbolic juxtaposition between greed, selfishness
and the repentant Scrooge who became a " Stone of Help " to the poor
and the destitute an uneducated folk. Merry Christmas !
The truth is President Monson has attended the play at the Hale Centre Theatre
for more than 20 years. He has not acted in the play. Not sure where you found
this, it's not in the story. Richard Wilkins has acted in the production as
Scrooge for 27 years. That's accurate.
from article--"For more than 20 years President Monson has played the role
of Scrooge for 27 years at Hale Centre Theatres annual production of A Christmas
Carol."This was very interesting to learn. I didn't know Pres.
Monson had been involved with theater. Does anyone know what ages he was for
these years he played the part of Scrooge?