"Happy Holiday"? Lest We Offend
by Ben Kinchlow
For decades, children, especially in the countries blessed with the benefits of Judeo-Christian civilization have looked forward to Christmas. Adults, despite the multitude of tasks and expenses associated with that one day, also look forward to Christmas. People seem to be friendlier. They speak. Strangers smile, nod, and wish one another a "Merry Christmas"?
But lately, we have begun to partition "the Christmas Season". In the public schools it's "winter break", and no longer do we wish people "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year". It's the politically correct "Happy Holidays", lest we offend. The "civil libertarians" are zealous in "protecting the rights of the citizenry" by banning any, God forbid, "religious" inference. Christmas must be seen as a secular season that doesn't offend Kwanzaa, Hanukah, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., etc. While it is totally acceptable for each of the foregoing to have their specific holidays, Christmas cannot be seen as a "Christian" celebration. That would somehow "violate the Constitution"? a document drafted by an overwhelmingly large number of Christian men.
This Christmas will be different. News flashes of Santa being sighted, led by Rudolph's glowing nose, on the heels of Frosty the Snowman, will be interspersed with potential sightings of Bin Laden and warnings of potential terrorist attacks. "Silent Night, Holy Night" will perhaps be shattered by the sounds of bombs exploding on terrorist hideouts, as the war on terror continues. Children's choirs will be alternated with news media coverage of children in war zones. Any "White Christmas" will be interrupted by the still smoking visions of Ground Zero? perhaps covered with a blanket of white, except where superheated piles of slag thrust rudely through.
In the Middle East there will be conferences and negotiations between various "ethnic groups" in a vain attempt to bring peace to a region torn by strife for millennia. Politicians and government leaders will negotiate endlessly the minutiae of "cease fires", immediately broken by forces hostile to the very concept of peace. Is it just me, or does it seem ironic to others that into the single most ethnically diverse, war-torn, strife-ridden area of the world would be born "the Prince of Peace"?
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:1-14)
Politically incorrect though it may be, Jesus REALLY is the reason for Christmas.
So, with respect to all???.MERRY CHRISTMAS!!