Salvation Army kettles and the ringing bells that dot storefronts every Christmas have become something of cultural icons. When my kids were younger, one of the true joys of Christmas was each of us grabbing a handful of coins as we headed into the grocery store and joyfully stuffing it all into the kettle as we exchanged our “Merry Christmases” with the kettle workers.
We don't do that any more.
As my family and I learned more and more about the church's stance on homosexuality, we decided to share our money in other places. It was a difficult decision. We know how much good the Salvation Army does in our own town. Even our little church receives references from the local Salvation Army for people who need aid as we partner with them to help those who are struggling.