It seems incredible, but Christmas is becoming “politically incorrect”. I am all for Happy Hanukkah and Joyous Kwanzaa, but please don’t try to eliminate Merry Christmas. In an effort not to offend any group, there is a tendency to seek a common, non-offensive greeting…Happy Holiday, and instead of Christmas trees we are having Holiday Trees.
Kwanzaa celebrates African culture; Hanukkah (Chanukah) celebrates the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Both represent important cultural and religious events for the African-American and Jewish communities that have become part of our American Mosaic.
Ea0rly Christians were very politically incorrect by refusing to worship the Roman Emperor as Kyrios (Lord), and willingly suffered martyrdom rather than renounce their faith. Christian martyrs were not restricted to the early church, but have been numbered in every century. According to a news story from Zenit: In two millennia of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million — fully 65% — were in the last century, according to “The New Persecuted.”
Christmas is the raison d’être for Christianity. Without the event that Christmas celebrates there would be no Christianity. The Feast of the Nativity, the birth of Jesus, the Christ (Messiah), was an occasion of such significance that most of the world began counting time again.
Political correctness diminishes every tradition and religion by replacing them with an acceptable “civil religion” that embraces everyone. This nation is much more than a melting pot. It is a beautiful mosaic, and Christianity sparkles as part of that mosaic.
The next time you are at the mall shopping and admiring all those beautiful decorations remember it all started in a stable in Bethlehem.
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