The so-called "War on Christmas"

Note: I originally posted this on December 22, 2008. I’m re-posting it now to preempt some of the stupid “war on Christmas” nonsense we hear every year.

I have gotten a few e-mails from a socially conservative issue advocacy group on a topic I see every year at this time. The so-called “War on Christmas” continues as Home Depot and Costco allegedly avoid any mention of Christmas on their web sites or in their stores. The emails (which often have factual errors) urge readers to contact both stores and make sure they recognize Christmas.

I am so sick of this bickering every holiday season. There are a lot of childish people on both sides of the “War on Christmas” who need to have a glass of warm milk and take a nap.

Who cares if a company does not mention Christmas in advertisements or on their web site? How does that harm anyone? How does that infringe on anyone’s right to celebrate Christmas as they see fit? How and why would this interfere with anyone’s enjoyment of the Christmas season? Complaining about retail chains that are “anti-Christmas” makes the complainers look like a bunch of busybody religious fanatics. Shop or don’t shop as you see fit, but keep your mouth shut about it and stop embarrassing yourself.

Yes, some people actively oppose Christmas, but the actions of a few bitter people do not constitute a “war on Christmas” any more than the lack of the word “Christmas” on a retail chain’s web site. The demands to include a “flying spaghetti monster” display with a manger scene or a sign generally criticizing religion as fantasy are childish actions that do not require full mobilization of an issue advocacy group’s email list. I do not care of there are no manger scenes on government property. I would rather avoid unnecessarily offending people.

People, it is Christmas time. Stop looking for battles to fight and focus on what should be the happiest time of the year. Enjoy your friends and family. Easily offended crybabies need to recognize that they live in a culture that, while certainly not Christian, is heavily influenced by Christianity. The Christmas “warriors” on the other side need to approach the issue with love, mercy and grace and understand that there will always be people who are offended by the name of the Lord. Those people need prayer and the Gospel, not an obscene gesture.

"Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"

Note: I originally posted this on December 13, 2006. I’m re-posting it now to preempt some of the stupid “war on Christmas” nonsense we hear every year.

The Herald-Times sent the following question to their “instant message” panel yesterday:

Does it matter whether people wish you “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

I responded, but will expand on my response here. It seems like we hear about this “war on Christmas” every year, and I’m frankly sick of the whining and crying on both sides.

First of all, people who get offended by the phrase “Merry Christmas” need to grow up. If the greeting is made as a genuine expression of goodwill, then treat it as such. If you do not worship Jesus Christ, then think of it as “have a nice day”. Most of the time, “Merry Christmas” is not intended to disparage your faith or lack thereof. It is not intended to restrict your right to worship (or not worship) as you see fit. If you are truly offended by the phrase “Merry Christmas”, ask yourself why you are offended.

Second, the phrase “Merry Christmas” should not be accompanied by an extended middle finger. If the phrase truly offends someone, do not ram it down his or her throat. No matter how childish the offended person may be, the attitude of “I’m going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ whether people want to hear it or not” that we hear from some quarters is just as childish as getting offended by it in the first place.

Some pundits have complained about retail chains that instruct employees to say “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” instead of Merry Christmas. This too is overblown. A retail chain makes a decision for business reasons, not because they wish to eradicate a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition, no one’s rights are being violated here. If you work in a retail store, you do as you are told in how to greet customers. You are to respect the authority places over you, and if you do not like the policy you are free to seek employment elsewhere.

I have to ask the question to people determined to defend against this “War on Christmas”: What would Jesus do? Would Jesus Christ want us to respect someone’s wishes and greet him the way he wants to be greeted, or would Jesus want us to use “Merry Christmas” as another way to say “f*** you”? I somehow doubt that God wants us to use the joyous occasion of the birth of our Savior to “stick it” to someone else.

People, it is Christmas time. Stop looking for battles to fight and focus on what should be the happiest time of the year. Easily offended crybabies need to recognize that they live in a culture that, while certainly not Christian, is heavily influenced by Christianity. The Christmas “warriors” on the other side need to approach the issue with love, mercy and grace and understand that there will always be people who are offended by the name of the Lord. Those people need prayer and the Gospel, not an obscene gesture.

Thanksgiving 2015

A few verses from God’s holy Word for Thanksgiving:

  • Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. — 1 Chronicles 16:8
  • Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. — Psalm 18:49
  • Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. — Psalm 30:4
  • Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. — Psalm 75:1
  • Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. — Psalm 106:1
  • But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:57
  • Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. — 2 Corinthians 2:14
  • Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. — Philippians 4:6
  • And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. — Colossians 3:17
  • In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May God bless you as you enjoy this holiday.

Depressed

I am legitimately depressed that Donald Trump could be the Republican nominee for President. This isn’t a flash in the pan or an infatuation – his support is real.

Perhaps Trump is what this nation deserves, though. A nation that would vote for him certainly deserves him.

A large portion of the Republican Party has left me behind – abandoning serious conservatism for loudmouthed celebrities. And not just any celebrity – a fundamentally un-serious fraudulent “conservative” with a long history of supporting gun control and abortion rights and who also enthusiastically supports having government steal people’s homes and give them to private developers.

His popularity stems from not-so-subtle racism and xenophobia in addition to his bellicose, rude, arrogant personality. He plays to fear, hate and bigotry. I don’t want anything to do with that mentality.

Random thoughts of the day

♣ – I saw a clip of Ronda Rousey’s fight on Facebook, and seeing the brutality and bloody aftermath that fight made me VERY uncomfortable with women in mixed martial arts. The kick to the head was one thing, but watching a 28 year old woman get pounded on the ground while she’s prone and unable to defend herself was very disturbing.

♣ – Is it time for us to consider Bashir Assad an ally is the fight against the Islamic State? Is Bashir Assad our best bet to eliminate ISIS? Idiots in both parties have enabled ISIS by weakening Assad, and it was only a couple years ago that some were advocating the incredibly stupid policy of arming ISIS so they could fight Assad. The Washington establishment clearly has not thought this though and removing Assad will probably only make things worse – something I could have told you three years ago.

♣ – Clear your calendar now for the 2016 Rally for Life, and see the event on Facebook.

♣ – It is completely absurd to force a teenager to register as a sex offender for having nude pictures of himself or herself. Obviously sexting should be discouraged, but let’s not go completely overboard an ruin teenagers’ lives! The fact that a “sex offender” would be both perpetrator and victim should be a sign as to how absurd this is.

♣ – One of the most frustrating things about driving on an interstate is when someone passes me and then slows down to slower than I was going when you passed me. If you want to go that speed, why did you not stay back there in the first place? That is just plain rude.

♣ – Here are some sobering numbers: There were 10,202 children murdered by abortion on Monroe County between 2001 and 2013. I doubt the vast majority of people have any idea that an average of fifteen babies are killed every week right here in Monroe County. It is time for the Christians in our community to wake up to the bloodshed and brutality that surrounds us, and stand up and say “no more.”

♣ – Here is some free advice for candidates for office in 2016: Never put anything on a yard sign you can’t read at 30 to 50 miles per hour. You have one second to deliver your message. Make the most of your signs.

♣ – Government is way too big. Here is the most compelling evidence for that argument.

♣ – When I read this article, I was reminded of the inmate at the Monroe County Jail who died after being shocked by a Taser. Police departments nationwide need to adopt better policies on the use of Tasers.