The Great Christmas Debate…

Typically I HATE – I mean HATE – LOATHE – DESPISE getting e-mail forwards (as I know many of you do) and normally I read the first couple lines or check to see from where it came and then hit delete.  But today one came through my inbox that intrigued me.  I read it and found it interesting enough that I wanted to share (and you all have probably already seen it) but it hit on a subject that I have been debating whether or not to blog about.

So here is my decision – I am going to share the e-mail and withhold my thoughts and opinions till tomorrow – I will then summarize my overall thoughts of not only this e-mail but the overarching debate over our society’s move from calling things Christmas to referring to it as Holidays and what those who call themselves Christ-followers should do/feel about it all.

So here is the e-mail – it is entitled “Letter From Jesus about Christmas” please read it and then share your thoughts & opinions in the comment section.  I realize this could be a “hotly” debated issue so let’s stick to the issue at hand and not attack anyone that posts a comment that we might disagree with – share YOUR OPINION and thoughts/feelings – THANKS A BUNCH!

Letter from Jesus about Christmas
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn if all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish. I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1-8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up… It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary– especially one who takes My love and good news to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here’s a good one.  There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :
I LOVE YOU,
JESUS!

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5 responses to “The Great Christmas Debate…

  1. I concur with this letter from Jesus.

  2. Overall, I agree with the tone of the letter. I have often felt that we as Christians get so concerned about being offended we forget to be pro-active. Reactive is writing a letter to your leaders about something you disagree with, pro-active is determining to live life in such a way that it reflects Jesus year-round. Thus I don’t get up in arms when a store has a sign that says “Happy Holidays” because that doesn’t effect my faith-walk.

    That being said, Christians should be culturally aware of when our ever-more-secular government begins to intrude on the rights of the people. A nativity in the town-square is not a religious battle, but a political one that could be in violation of two constitutional principles, (1) the freedom of religion and (2) the right of a people to govern themselves by deciding as a community (i.e. democratic vote) what they want, not having an oligarchy of a town council make the decision for us. BUT, this is a political battle, NOT a religious one. Each Christian should make up his own mind according to his conscience how politically involved they will be.

    Just my opinion.

  3. Aaron

    Yo Ice T(ea),

    Some good suggestions in that email. My thoughts are simple:

    First, let it go. It wears me out when a Christian corrects someone’s “happy holidays” greeting or writes a protest letter. Not everyone thinks like we do. Let them say what they want (or are allowed) to say, wish them a Merry Christmas, and move on. Don’t correct them. Don’t lecture them about “taking Christ out of Christmas.” Whether we want to admit it or not, there are other holidays that are celebrated during the month, even though we don’t celebrate them. When we whine and complain, we only further the stereotype that most Christians are holier-than-thou jerks.

    Second, be consistent. We complain about the commercialism of the season (even while we participate in it), but we get all upset when the commercial establishments and their employees don’t wish us “Merry Christmas.” If we’re so upset about the mixing of materialism and Jesus, shouldn’t we be fine with the commercial establishment moving more towards a generic “Happy Holidays?”

    Ha Ha. Peace.

  4. Kim

    I don’t think I have received that forward…however, I also hit delete pretty quickly on those things…especially the ones that say my one true love will find me at midnight if I forward to 1,000 people in 4.5 seconds…ha ha ha…or if I don’t I’ll be hit by a car 3 days from now. Ok, maybe they aren’t that extreme. Anyway…I like the message presented here and agree 100%. Jesus’ wish list is something all Christians need to pay attention to and take action on–not only at Christmas time–but all the time. It was a nice, firm kick in the butt for me. Thanks for posting, friend!

  5. Larry

    Should make us all stop and think. If we Christians really acted like Christians, we wouldn’t have a problem changing our society to be the way it should be. Let’s quit talking the talk and walk the walk.

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