14 December 2005

Dear Christians;

This is not for ALL Christians. I hope it's not even for most Christians. But it is for many Christians. Namely those who cry foul at the phrases "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays." This is for the Christians who want to boycott retailers who do not say "Merry Christmas." You know, those Christians who say businesses and the left are trying to take the Christ out of Christmas.

You have annoyed me almost to the point of angst. So I though I'd take some time today and explain to you why I think you are wrong in your supposed fight to save Christmas.

First off, a lesson. The only higher power businesses answer to are their bottom lines. If a business were to choose to be more inclusive in its seasonal greetings, they have that right. Just like you have the right to (quietly) spend your money elsewhere. Businesses who choose to say "Happy Holidays" simply realize non-Christians have money. Naturally, they want to welcome that revenue.

And from what I've read on mugs, "Jesus is the reason for the season," not retail. In my humblest of opinions, recognizing the birth of your lord and savior should not have anything to do with shopping. Once you have reduced the Christmas spirit to a phrase at a store, you've already taken the Christ of out Christmas.

What about peace on earth and good will toward men? Are right-leaning Christians not supposed to support that in a time of war?

I mean I could be wrong. I may be missing their argument altogether. But this is what I hear: we Christians want businesses to say "Merry Christmas." If they do not - if they replace it with something that acknowledges non Christians, we will be outraged. We will take our Christmas cheer (read: dollars) and go elsewhere because including others who do not believe as we do is not what we're about.

The whole idea of boycotts stemming from Christmas is just ridiculous. But tell me what you think.

3 comments:

  1. I am inclined to agree with you somewhat. You've raised some very good points. All lead to the simple fact that this has gotten a bit out of hand. Liken it a bit to the name calling and finger pointing in Washington on a non-stop basis. This one just takes on a religious tone. However, I also tend to side toward the people arguing on the side of the Christians. Frankly, I guess that means I'm torn. I can see the term "Happy Holidays" because it groups together the entire season of New Year's, Chanukkah, etc. But as far as Dec. 24th and 25th go, I tend to agree with the religious folks. I have a sneaking suspicion this has all been blown out of hand. It may have simply started as the Christian sect talking about how secular this very religious-based holiday has become. A few people got hold of the topic and began discussing it in social cirlces, and now it's blossomed into this larger than life debate. Seriously, two nights on NBC Nightly News? I think there are more important things in the world to discuss. And the fact remains, many of the holidays and other "moral values" in this country are based at least in part on Christian traditions. Some even go as far as claiming the Constitution is based on the Ten Commandments. There is a striking similarity. Perhaps because it reflects the faiths of the founding fathers, and the underlying reasons our country was established. But they did have the insight to include non-discriminatory clauses to make everyone acceptable and avoid persecution many had tried to escape. The question over Church and State separation is still challenged today though, which reinforces what I've just said. So my view, however contradictory, is that there is merit to the complaint because the holiday is after all a religious one. And that makes sense. But the debate has grown crazily out of hand. If any of this makes sense...

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  2. I believe that there has been too much time and money focused on this argument and the "real" reasons for Christmas are being lost and have slowly been lost over many "retail" Seasons Greetings. WHO really notices if a business says Merry Christmas or not!! ARRGH this has been bothering me lately...

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  3. Amen! I just did a story on this topic, and in my limited amount of time, couldn't find anyone who agreed with you. Unbelieveable!

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