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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Forcing the CHRIST Back Into Christmas!

Someone make them stop. Please! With all the headaches associated with this major holiday I do not need to be confronted by some overzealous Christian adult stranger who insists on correcting me when I pleasantly wish them , "Happy holidays !". They are too impolite to respond with "Same to you." or someother socially acceptable reciprocation. No! They must correct me by telling me to, "Say 'Merry Christmas'." They offer a message that sounds a lot like a reprimand to me. Someone please tell me when it became acceptable behavior to correct another adult, someone who is being friendly.

For you socially inept Christians who are following instruction given to you on Advent Sunday by some equally dogmatic and pedantic preacher, allow me to explain what I mean when I'm saying "Happy holidays!"
Firstly, I mean no insult. Since you are a stranger, and I am merely being friendly--I can not judge if you are a Christmas celebrating-in the religious sense of the holiday-type-person or some Jew who likes the idea of a Chanukkah tree, or a Muslim who's into giving gifts or a truly enlightened person who celebrates all of the holidays that are celebrated during this time of year--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Wiccan Fests, Islamic observances even the western world's New Year. The list is long. Rather than try to guess what is the appropriate thing to say to you, or risk being told "Oh I don't celebrate Christmas", I use the generic "Happy holidays!" and move on with my holiday, everyday good attitude.

So you know Mr. or Ms Stranger, I wish Merry Christmas to my family and friends and the people whom I know share the belief that Christ is Lord. (Yes I realize in Christiandom there are no strangers which accounts for the practicing pedophiles in the Protestant church denominations as well as the Roman Catholic Church and the overwhelming generosity exhibited by practicing Christians in the United States 365 days a year.) I know the Bible says to go into the world and proclaim the good news. Must you be so pushy, especially during this time of "peace on earth, goodwill toward men"? It reminds me of that insulting phrase that was in vogue among some Christians a few years ago. Remember the term "completed Jew"?

Some theologians, preachers if you will, are just over the top. Too much hyperbole. I say get over yourself Rev. Why not teach your followers to be kind, loving and appropriately righteous with indignation like the Christ I've read about in the New Testament. Ooops! I forgot. Some of you preachers and other Christians don't know what's in the Bible. That's why you're upset when someone calls to your attention the incestuous relations, the murder and other unscrupulous activities told throughout the book, both Old and New Testament. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you've missed. I've found it to be a great read.

Another thing--this is America where people have freedom to worship anyway they wish or not. Since we live in America, I believe it is bigoted and presumptuous to think everyone believes as you do. Really I think it's ignorant.

So I say to all of you practicing hypocrites, let's sincerely and respectfully put the CHRIST back into CHRISTmas"Happy holidays!"


Anonymous Gary Tanner said...

When I was a kid, I was a bit of an oddity. I grew up as a protestant whose parents were in the clothing business. This was primarily a business dominated by people of the Jewish faith. I never met one who would not wish me a Merry Christmas. I would wish them a Happy Hanukkah. Everyone was happy.

Back in the late 50's and early 60's the athiest Madelyn Murray O'Hare started the fight to take God out of our society. Today, we have the leader of a foreign country who says that Isreal should be eradicated. We've been attacked and thousands have been killed because we will not get down on prayer mats 5 times a day.

I won't apologize for wishing someone a Merry Christmas. I won't criticize those who think that Christmas has become to commercialized either. After all, three wise men came bearing gifts on that first Christmas morning.

Christmas is not the celebration of a holiday. It is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Ninty-five percent of the population of this country celebrate it. Let's at least have the decency to call it what it is.

5:35 AM

Blogger Semper Fi said...

The overt and covert effort to take "Christmas" out of Christmas is simply one more way that the secularist left, the ACLU, and the politically-correct,in the guise of diversity and "inclusion," use to continue to marginalize Christianity.

But, that's OK -- in the end, Christians -- true believers -- win, anyway. For non-believers, you would do well to find out why Jesus is the reason for the season....

Merry Christmas!

2:41 PM

Blogger You Think said...

You say Christianity is being marginalized? /take a look at the facts: http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org/Demographics/map_demographics.htm
So do we simply discount the other 24 percent of the population because in your opinion they are not "true believers"?
Tsk! Tsk! Shame on you. That's not very Christ-like.

4:53 AM

Blogger Semper Fi said...

Exploring your cited link reveals that "...a major goal of OABITAR is to seek the addition of nonreligion to public school curricula that embraces teaching about religion."

Hmmm. The learned principles and founders of OABITAR seem contradictory in their stated goal -- how can you add NONRELIGION by teaching RELIGION? Seems the two are mutually exclusive. Oh, well, I must have missed this revelation in Philosophy 101 when, on the same day, they said black was white.

But, yes, I understand. Let's get to the public school kids, educate them on religious "diversity" and never touch on the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our culture in which books like "The Light and the Glory" (Peter Marshall) so eloquently reveal how the Christian God has intervened time-after-time in our history.

With the continued marginalization of Christianity, maybe one day soon Buddha will hold us in his lifeless, stone-cold hands and intervene in our history for the next 200-plus years instead....

Finally, your shot at "Christ-like" and the 24% shows that you don't know much about Jesus' position on this issue. I suggest you read the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, Verse 6 for His exact words.

3:31 AM

Blogger You Think said...

Jr Semp...You seek an argument where there is none. My complaint is about His so-called followers. Pompous, pedantic, needlessly indignant about matters of little importance.

Everyone DOES NOT believe as you do. GET OVER IT! Christianity in this country is NOT by any means marginalized because folks like you won't let it happen.

Happy New Year, and thanks for your comments.

10:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All day everyday I witness the Christian behaviors and attitudes of the followers of Jesus Christ. Most haven't read the Bible. Those who have use the words of the Savior to support their ow twisted interpretation of God's word.

If this religious group is being "marginalized", and I do not believe it is, it is not because of the nefarious acts of some godless group of non-believers. It is the people who endlessly profess Christ as the center of their lives who do the most to turn souls away. Satan is reaping a mighty harvest in America's churches.

10:25 AM


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