I want to point out five reasons to say “Merry Christmas!”
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• Christians have honored non-Christians’ “Happy Holidays” and “Winter Break” for years. (Also for years, Christians have honored non-Christians’ “Moment of Silence” in lieu of prayer – or nothing at all – at graduation exercises and other events open to the public.)
• “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, nor prohibit the free exercise thereof…” – 1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution (This means no state or government-sponsored or endorsed religion or church. It does not mean the total eradication of religion in the public sphere. Note: It does not say “separation of church and state.”)
• Countries who do not protect Freedom of Religion for ALL people are typically war-torn, war-seeking, and burdened with an increase of societal ills (drug/alcohol abuse, domestic violence, murder, rape, theft, depression, suicide, legal system corruption, low-to-no education, poverty, etc.).
History gives many examples of how these countries murdered their own people (Germany’s Hitler, Russia’s Stalin / Lenin, China’s Mao Ze-dong, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, & currently Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, etc.).
• One of the first signs of a truly free people is national support of Freedom of Religion – all faiths or none. (Advocating Freedom from Religion is one of the first signs of a people losing their freedom.)
• People who dedicate their time, money and talents to feed the hungry, educate the poor, serve the elderly, help those in need, uplift those who are down, house the homeless, and reach out to the lonely are living principles of Christianity…and so are those who obey the laws of the land and strive to be honest in their dealings with their fellow man.
• Shouldn’t any religion or belief that nurtures these character attributes in their people be supported, encouraged and respected in our community, nation and world?
• For years non-Christians have been taking away the rights of Christians to freely exercise their religious beliefs in public. (1962 – No class prayer; 1963 – No class study of the Bible; 1980 – No posting the 10 Commandments in the classroom; Creation science excluded and replaced with Evolution; Removal of religious terms and symbols, references to, and expressions of personal beliefs in Deity and the void filled with non-Christian substitutions; Suing or threatening to sue Christians for practicing their beliefs in public and even within their own businesses.)
• True diversity and tolerance is inclusive and respectful of ALL religious beliefs …or none.
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• When Christians wish anyone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter,” no offense is intended!
• Taking offense is a personal choice just as choosing to be happy or sad, angry or glad.
• If anything, a Christian wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” – or non-Christian wanting to share the Christmas spirit – is a true sign of being inclusive of that other person no matter their differences.
• Do you know someone who is serving in the Armed Forces? (Those serving in our military are currently putting their lives on the line to protect our rights as free men and women – as protected by our U.S. Constitution – which includes the right for ALL people to enjoy freedom of religion… of ALL faiths or none, privately AND publicly.)
• Thousands of men, women, and children of ALL faiths, races and nationality (including those of African descent) sacrificed their lives in the Revolutionary War and Civil War to establish and protect freedom respectively in our country for themselves “and their posterity” = us!
“It is…for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
– Abraham Lincoln –
• It is a historical fact that the principles of freedom upon which our country was established are based on Biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity – To preserve “liberty and justice for all,” we must preserve freedom of religion for all.
What are we grown-ups modeling for our youth when we exclude and treat with contempt those who have a belief different from ours?
What are we grown-ups modeling for our youth when we continue to stay silent and not stand up for our unalienable, God-given right to practice our faith privately AND publicly?
Christians have bent over backwards for years to respect non-Christians. We invite non-Christians everywhere to join us – or at least to reciprocate the same due respect.
Lydia Nuttall, a Christian
P.S. – A Very Merry Christmas from me and my family to you and yours!