Keeping Christ in Christmas

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It’s been said that only a small percentage of people (…let’s say less than 10%) can bring about significant change. That seems pretty sad to me. I’d like to think that 90% of us would not allow ourselves to be led down a path we don’t necessarily support.

Now, I’m just your average American citizen. I am naive enough to have a certain degree of faith in our government in spite of the antics of many who represent us. And I believe in a higher power. In fact, I am proud to say that I am a life-long Roman Catholic. I attend Church regularly and try to do my part to make the world a better place to live. I’m not trying to brag. That’s just who I am.

With the Christmas Season upon us, I will (once again) be frustrated by the voices of a small percentage of people who will work very hard to keep Christ out of Christmas. I think it’s about time for the non-vocal majority to begin speaking out.

Don’t get me wrong. As a Christian I have no objection to people honoring this season in any way they personally see fit. Hanukkah- Kwanzaa- (others?) I am not personally familiar with those celebrations, so I can’t really comment. But, my point is – this is a time to celebrate peace and goodwill toward our fellow members of the human race.

Here’s my problem. I object to the ability of a relatively few non-Christian, non-religious, non-conformists to badger the rest of us into keeping Christ out of Christmas. That IS what the holiday is about, isn’t it? Jesus was born – lived – was a significant person in history. Whether you believe Jesus was God, or not, the holiday celebrates His birth. That’s no different than celebrating the birth of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Martin Luther King.

It is time for believers to take a stand and advocate for our belief. There is nothing offensive about the nativity scene, or (for goodness sake) about Christmas Carolers surrounded by snow-covered evergreens. There is also nothing out of place when one displays a menorah during the eight days of Hanukkah, or kinara candles during the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa.

To those who believe there is no God, I would offer the following – simply acknowledge this as a season of good will. No one is trying to offend you. No one is saying you don’t have a right to your beliefs. This is a time when ALL of us should be making a special effort to acknowledge and be gracious to one another.

To those [leaders] who have chosen to succumb to the will of the minority by NOT displaying a public recognition of the holiday, shame on you. Find the courage to represent the majority, do it tastefully, and do it publicly.

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4 thoughts on “Keeping Christ in Christmas

  1. armenpogharian says:

    Personally, public displays of religious symbols don’t bother me or really inspire me, but I understand that they do inspire others. I also get that our constitution is about protecting the minority from the oppression of the majority and religion has been an instrument of said oppression in the past. That said, I think nativity scenes, public menoras, and such would be pretty far down my list of things to worry about. I’m surprised we haven’t heard a great commotion about the White House Christmas tree or official ornament. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time.

    By the way, I made it out to Lift Bridge yesterday and missed you. The new ownership is changing a few things. You might want to look into their poetry nights and/or their Spring (I think) poetry event.

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