For years we have seen the war on Christmas escalate…
For years we have seen Christmas become more and more secularized…
For years we’ve seen the real story of Christmas fade into the background … almost to the point of disappearing altogether.
And saying “Merry Christmas” has become politically incorrect and socially inappropriate.
Many in the business world and government have ordered employers and advertising to ban any mention of the word Christmas…and not say “Merry Christmas.”
And many politicians and so called “health experts” have simply said we have to isolate from one another and ban Christmas altogether.
The media, the schools, the government bureaucracy, and many businesses have continued the trends of either neutrality, hostility, or outright war on the true meaning of Christmas.
Here are 3 examples:
1. The increase in the use of the expression “Happy Holidays.”
We rarely hear “Merry Christmas” from the news media … or in advertising…
And we don’t hear it from businesses … or see it painted on storefront windows – like we always did in the past.
There’s a paranoia of fear permeating American society – a fear that if we say, “Merry Christmas,” someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas – or who doesn’t believe in Christ – will be offended.
My personal experience as a small business owner is that this just isn’t true…
It’s an unsubstantiated and unwarranted fear. People accept hearing “Merry Christmas” whether they’re atheists, Jews, or believe in another religion.
And don’t forget that some of the most popular Christmas songs — such as “White Christmas” — were written by Jewish songwriters who don’t celebrate the holiday the way Christians do!
“Happy Holidays” is an insult to people of faith.
2. The removal of the story of Christmas from public schools.
In their effort to be “more sensitive” toward the “diverse population” of schools across America, parents accept that their renamed “Winter” program will be stripped of Christmas songs containing the name of Jesus.
According to educators, a few students “weren’t comfortable” singing songs about Jesus.
How ironic! Do public school educators not realize that excluding Jesus while claiming they are promoting diversity is an oxymoron?
They can’t have it both ways…
If they want to teach diversity, some students will feel uncomfortable … at least some of the time.
The schools, by discriminating against Christians, are not promoting diversity … they are promoting censorship.
And this censorship masquerading as “diversity” isn’t just happening in pro-socialist states, it’s happening all across the nation – including your neighborhood government/public school.
In contrast, a survey found that 74% of respondents thought Christmas should be celebrated in public schools.
Now … if only more of the 74% majority would voice their disagreement with what the progressive minority is doing with Christmas … instead of acting indifferent…
3. The removal of the Christmas story from the public square.
Nativity scenes on civic center grounds – in front of public libraries – or in other public places used to be common. Now, they are very rare.
Many local municipalities, city councils, and state governments have outlawed any nativity scenes or other displays depicting the true meaning of Christmas…
The trend among local and state governments is to ignore the historical foundation of Christmas in favor of being “politically correct.”
Where is the bold public reminder by pastors and Christians that this holiday is about the birth of the Savior of mankind … and the reasons why His birth was so necessary … and so miraculous?
With a new government administration hostile toward Christian values, we must stand firm for Christmas.
What can you do? Here are 3 suggestions:
1) Whatever you buy this year, think in terms of supporting those who are supporting Christmas … and avoiding those who are not. (Create a naughty and nice list.)
2) Always in your Christmas cards … and whenever you’re at a store with people … say “Merry Christmas” – even in response to their saying “Happy Holidays” to you.
3) Encourage your church and your pastors to vote in every election for candidates who will lead the way to protect our religious rights.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.