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.
Many in the business world have ordered employers and advertising to ban any mention of the word Christmas.
And many politicians and so called “health experts” have simply said we have to isolate and ban Christmas altogether. Then no one will ever even say to you “Merry Christmas” and you don’t need to say it to them.
In the last four years, more people have felt free to say “Merry Christmas” without fear.
But the media, the schools, and many businesses have continued the trends of either neutrality, hostility, or outright war on the true meaning of Christmas.
Here are 3 examples:
- The increase in the use of the expression “Happy Holidays.”
We no longer hear “Merry Christmas” from the news media … or in advertising…
And very rarely do we 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.
- The removal of the story of Christmas from public schools.
In their effort to be “more sensitive” toward the “diverse population” of its student body, Robious Middle School in Virginia notified parents that their renamed “Winter” program would be stripped of Christmas songs containing the name of Jesus.
According to one teacher, 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 school is not promoting diversity … it is promoting censorship.
And this censorship masquerading as “diversity” isn’t just happening in one school district in Virginia. It’s happening all across the nation – including your neighborhood public school.
In contrast, a recent 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…
- 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.”
Another disheartening example – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
It used to be about Christmas … and the official beginning of the Christmas season in New York City…
But in recent years it has turned into more of a gay pride celebration.
Where are the pastors? Where are the Christians?
Where is the public outcry over the public desecration of a Christian holiday?
Where is the bold public reminder 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 hostile towards 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.