Posted by Faye Bell on December 21, 2011 at 09:55:38:
Christmas is just a few days away; a special time of the year when Christians around the world will honor the birth of Jesus Christ and His saving message to all mankind.
Yet, a minority of Americans -- with persistence, money, and help in some cases from the judiciary and legislatures -- have tried to remove Christ from Christmas. America was a nation founded on Christian-Judaic principles; so much so that Christmas is a Federal holiday, recognized by the U.S. Government and Congress proclaimed it so in 1870. What has happened to our Christmas tradition in the last three to five years?
What you hear from the secular crowd is the question, "Why don't Christians practice their religion in their homes and churches and leave the rest of us alone?" The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects religious free speech, but evidently, what some people have failed to see is that free speech requires the tolerance of people hearing speech they do not like.
Efforts to turn the event of Christ's birth into a generic festival observing the winter solstice is more than a little disturbing. When I was a child things seemed a lot simpler this time of the year. No quarreling about whether someone would be offended by a holiday greeting that mentioned the name of the person for whom the season is celebrated. Times have changed; the real meaning of Christmas doesn't seem to be politically correct anymore. I wonder if this country is a better place and we ... a better people ... because of the political pressure regarding Christmas.
This Sunday -- CHRISTmas Day -- is a time for celebration and thoughtfulness among all faiths; a day for family and friends to gather, when the gifts are all bought and delivered, and the table is set for the holiday dinner. It won't be Christmas for many Christians until they celebrate the real meaning of the holiday.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a time to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, and time to thank God for His son who was sacrificed for us. It means setting aside differences and focusing on what's important -- our faith, families, and loved ones.
American families this Christmas will be having special celebrations because many of our soldiers will be home for Christmas. As we are celebrating together with those we love, let us remember the families who will not be complete as one of their loved ones is no longer with them -- because they made the greatest sacrifice of all in defending the freedom of America.
Our strength remains with the Saviour who was born on Christmas Day. On this Sunday, His birthday, our hearts do celebrate. GOD BLESS each of you and GOD BLESS AMERICA.