by Al D. Squitieri Sr., Fulton
It’s the same story every year. Long before Thanksgiving, we are hit with commercials every few minutes.
We watch. We listen. We buy. Surrendering to commercialism. With passiveness and indifference, we allow the true story of Christmas to deteriorate into commercialism. Like Mark Twain’s weather, everyone complains about it, but no one does anything about it. Merchants are advertising their Xmas sales on TV and local papers, and have even been bullied into using the secular term “Holiday Tree.”
I have often seen church marquees with that evil spelling of Xmas. Shame on you Pastor, that’s the enemy’s plan — Lucifer the fallen angel is attempting to take the glory from the one for whom it was named. It’s more than a matter of semantics. It’s an impossible attempt to remove the spirit of Christ from His Holiday.
Schools have their Xmas parties and plays, all depicting Santa Claus and Rudolph, but even that will come under fire, but Jesus has already been removed. In most cases, not even a word to our children about the personage of Christmas. We have surrendered our kids to the red-suited, jolly old giver of gifts, who has become the patron saint of the holiday, known as Jolly ‘Ol Saint Nick, given the glory due the Son of God, given him all the attributes belonging to the true Savior. He knows all, sees all, flies unhindered, comes down fake chimneys and judges the naughty and nice.
We may have a “Xmas” program at church, and perhaps one at school, but it’s unlikely it will include a manger. Will your child bring home a picture of Christ? It is now considered illegal to worship or even mention the name of the personage of Christmas, for whom the holiday was created. Is it any wonder that our kids talk about their superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman and Pokémon. They can tell you more about how Superman saved the world than they can about the One who came to save those that are lost.
A babe in swaddling clothes — hardly the impact of a superhero costume. His contemporaries were expecting Him to come as a conquering hero to save them from the Roman yoke. He came to save mankind from more than the tyranny of an earthly kingdom and a greater form of bondage: Satan and his yoke of sin. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
Jesus came to give us freedom from sin’s hold, drugs, alcohol, perversion, fear and loneliness, which is prevalent this time of year, with the lonely seeing gloom instead of glitter. “Whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed” (John 8:36).
It is the ultimate offense to leave Christ out of Xmas. A violation that can only be undone by those who call ourselves Christians, which is was about 90 percent of the “religious” in this country.
Stop using this Christ-less spelling, while accepting a commercialized Christ-less celebration. Unlike Twain’s weather, we can do something about it. We can nurture the spirit of Christmas in our hearts by preventing the evil one and his followers from stealing mankind’s greatest day.
Stand up Christian and be counted. We’re being denied our Christian rights, replaced by those rights given to all other religions. In spite of what our President is telling the world, we are a nation born Christian, not Muslim, not atheist.
It was founded not on the Koran, but the Bible. Don’t listen to his reasoning about offending someone. It is you, the Christian who should be offended.
Put up your Christmas tree and don’t be afraid to say “Merry Christmas.”
Take a stand for Christianity, put Christ first, in your country, your life and your Christmas.