I like the Holidays. I love Christmas and Christmas music, secular and spiritual. But this kind of thing bothers me. I received this poem from a dear Christian lady (I don’t doubt her faith nor the author’s), but I want to respond to its point, as I perceive it.
(*SIGH*) (My reaction/comments are in red from this point on. The poem I received is in black.)
Twas the month before Christmas When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand.
(This intro could be a great point except for what follows)
See, the PC Police had taken away the reason for Christmas – no one could say. (what power do they have? and what is actually being taken away? did the steal Baby Jesus?)
The children were told by their government schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’. (went to a singing program at my son’s pre-K/kindergarten. they sang a Hannukah song. They mentioned Kwanza. Why not? It didn’t bother me one bit. I didn’t expect it to be a christian service.)
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Beyonce, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
(This section was good. I wish it were the main point of the poem.)
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa (so what?)
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda. (your point is?? they should only sell those books that agree with my political, religious, or ethnic views?)
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down.
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.
(Excuse me! Did baby Jesus sign an exclusive contract with any of these companies? Why should this matter to a Christian? Except for xenophobia, why should a Christian care if these stores honor all holidays, or just Christmas, depending on what their Management decides? Are we actually shocked that they are more concerned with dollars than promoting our faith? Really? Are they Christian institutions that have gone astray?? Are Sears and Target supposed to be preaching the Gospel? Are they ordained by God to tell the good News of Jesus and Santa Claus???)
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty Are words that were used to intimidate me.
(don’t be intimidated. Respect others. take a trip out of your little geographical and/or comfort zone. where I live there is diversity, we accept it and deal with it, instead of griping about it.)
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
(you think this is about more about Jesus or politics? hmm?)
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
(How exactly can they “take away our faith?” Someone please explain to me. Sure, they can take away conveniences we have had as the overwhelming majority, but that should have nothing to do with our faith, unless we are only going to follow Jesus when the Government and Culture makes it easy, and are on our side, or at least under our thumb.)
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday !
Please, all Christians, wish everyone you meet, “Merry Christmas!”
NO!!! I am going to be kind and gentle, and treat people with a different faith than mine with kindness in hopes that they will accept Jesus someday. Instead of forcing Xmas down their throats, I am going to say”Happy Hannukah” or “Happy Kwanza.” And maybe I won’t get your vote, but I don’t care. Christmas isn’t about politics or rights, either. Not about getting what I want (hmm, or is it? The author really seems to be concerned about getting what he/she wants) But it’s not about having things my way.
It’s about God, the Son, giving up rights and glory to come to to Earth as a baby human, taking the form/nature of a humble servant to love and die for everyone, in order to reach them with the Good News. Why don’t we follow His Example instead of Caesar’s??
How sad and ironic that this author is also missing the point of Christmas and is so tangled up in this world.