Dec 24, 2015

"Merry Christmas" To All You Wonderful Friends

Common Sense Commentary: For many, many years, in America, most storekeepers chose to celebrate Christmas by putting out nativity scenes, wise men, angels and the star of Bethlehem or "Merry Christmas" in the window. Others, who didn't want to look too "religious", put out a Santa Clause or a Christmas tree, but even they put up a "Merry Christmas" greeting. The same was true of "Christmas" music. Those who put out Nativity scenes played "Silent Night, Holy Night","Hark, The Herald Angels Sing", "Away In A Manger" or "Joy To The World". Those who put up a Santa usually played "Jingle Bells", "White Christmas" or "Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening". Most Christians enjoyed it all and 95% of all other Americans did too... even Jews. Those who didn't, knew this was a professing Christian nation, and didn't complain much. But the Atheists did. Then came the Muslims who hated Jews and Christians and went to work with the Atheists to pressure politicians, store owners and corporations to stop offending them by publicly celebrating the Birth of Christ ... whether it happened on Dec.25 or not. Many Liberal Churches joined in with the atheists, Muslims and voter obsessed politicians to demand "Political Correctness". Universities picked up the hew and cry and made "Political Correctness" fit every insult, compliment, disagreement, sex difference, religion and hurt feeling. Political Correctness has now become the be all, end all and fix all in every question and answer in business, education, government and religion. It is a curse upon this once greatest nation on earth and hamstrings action, progress and the Bill Of Rights.

But some storekeepers still put up a sign or say, "Merry Christmas" regardless of who it offends or drives away. They do so because they would have to "willfully" not do so and thereby "willfully" ignore Christ, which they dare not do. Those who no longer acknowledge "The reason for the season", put up a "Happy Holidays" sign and warn employees not to say "Merry Christmas" lest they offend an Atheist, Muslim or brain-washed citizen, and lose a sale. These storekeepers do not unknowingly say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". It is a conscious choice they make to be Politically Correct and intentionally ignore the only reason for CHRISTmas ... Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter the actual date of His birth. It is a world-wide acknowledgment of the miracle and meaning of His birth, not the date, which matters. So how should Christians respond? Well, God's word says in Eph. 5:11 "... Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove  them." 

Here is a song with that message of Christian grace at Christmas

Roy Stallings

1 comment:

Peter David Orr said...

Merry Christmas, Pastor Blair! Although 1981 was the last time I was fortunate enough to sit in the pews under your tutelage at TBC as a teenage boy, my every thought of you is precious to this very day.
God Bless,

Peter David Orr