When Governments and Retailers Object to Christmas

This was sent to me via e-mail
today.  I think it has been in circulation for more than a year but I
hadn't seen it before.  Truthfully, many of the things recorded here make
a good deal of sense to me.  I can't imagine why we expect/hope that
governments to observe a Christian celebration to the exclusion of other
religions.  Neither can I understand why we expect retailers to
specifically observe a Christian celebration.  In the end, their stance on
Christmas is not the problem.  I do think we need to be vigilant about the
outlawing of Christian beliefs for Christians.  There are many forms of
exclusion taking place and among them is quite a lot of downright silencing of
the voice of Christians in governments and political processes.  The
silencing of the Christian person's voice is of more concern to me that whether
the Christian's religion is promoted by the world.  I think that is the
tragedy of what has become our message.  It seems that sometimes the
committed Christian has been marginalized to the "causes" they
support rather than the walk they walk.  While it doesn't have to be one
thing to the exclusion of another, I do think that HOW a
Christian voices their commitment to a cause should be reflected in other
visible fruit of the Holy Spirit in their everyday lives.

Anyway, here is the little e-mail I received:

My Children,
 
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my
name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born
during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who
decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival.
Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

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 Santa’s 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 George 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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8 thoughts on “When Governments and Retailers Object to Christmas

  1. HULLO? I agree 100 thousand percent….with your coments and the email. Everytime i get an email to protest someone exercising their right to not Use the word Christmas in their advertising I say halleulah! I don't think Christ is really all that interested in promoting Wal-Mart or any other mart for that matter. Besides what are "Christians" going to do when someone else wants to celebrate their religion as a national Holiday?
    I believe we need to work on the list!! It's a much more fruitful use of our time!

  2. Hey, ya'll. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. I've gotten rusty and found it hard to write what little I did. I appreciate that you took the time to read it. Thanks for the comment Missingtennis and Onree~. I hope we cross paths again.

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