I keep hearing a lot about a war on Christmas. I don’t know that there is an active war on Christmas as much as there is a burnout and frustration with Christmas. Before Halloween was over this year there were already Christmas layaway ads, decorations in stores (even earlier at our local Hobby Lobby) and people posting to Facebook about putting up their trees. Now I know that when most people use the phrase war on Christmas, they are meaning a war on the celebration of the birth of Jesus. They are upset that other religions and cultures would expect respect for their beliefs and rituals.

I hear people upset that they were greeted with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. I honestly don’t understand the resentment. There are several Holidays – religious and secular – at this time of year. To be upset that a person is being inclusive seems arrogant. They aren’t excluding Christmas, they are being inclusive of all people.

I hear complaints about the removal of prayer and the Ten Commandments. Again, the frustration and ire is at the removal of Christian-Judeo traditions. If we were going to allow a Christian prayer before school, we would need to allow sand or water for Muslims to cleanse their hands and feet before prayer. Are we going to allow the Muezzin to call them to prayer? An imam to lead them in their prayers? What of Hindu students? Will they have time set aside for their prayers?

Would you be upset if there was a large crescent on the town hall? An Aum painted on billboards all over town? Christians get so upset about the “invasion” of America by other religions – read heathens. Odd for a group of people that traditionally came to this New World to escape religious persecution.

Christianity seems all too willing to grab on to the scripture “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV) while ignoring the words of Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (KJV)

The fight against war on Christmas is a sad cause for Christians to take up. There are so many other things that need our attention: poverty, disease, homelessness and inequality. Perhaps if we worried as much about the greeter at Wal-Mart as we did about his salutation people wouldn’t be so burned out on our religion. The pre-Halloween commercialism of Christmas… I hope the war on that never ends.

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