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The Suburbanite
  • Charita Goshay: I’m dreaming of a true Christmas

  • Some atheists and agnostics have made it their mission to aggravate Christians at every turn. In turn, some Christians have taken the bait.

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  • The so-called “War on Christmas” is reminiscent of siblings squabbling in the back seat of a car over every perceived slight.
    Some atheists and agnostics have made it their mission to aggravate Christians at every turn by challenging school programs or filing lawsuits over the display of Christmas symbols in the public square — as if the presence of a Christmas tree in a park somehow undermines the Establishment Clause.
    In turn, some Christians have taken the bait. Instead of focusing on the mission given them by Jesus — which, oddly, makes no mention of a birthday party — they’re seeking validation from the same world that rejected him.
    They’re casting themselves as victims of some murky conspiracy whose goal is a godless New World Order courtesy of gay marriage, marijuana and one-dollar coins.
    REDEMPTION
    But Christmas is about none of this silliness. It isn’t dependent upon a public expression of the “stuff” we’ve convinced ourselves is necessary to legitimize it, nor is it incumbent upon what non-believers, think about it.
    No litmus test, no court-ordered prohibitions, no garish light show on the steps of a city hall can possibly define it.
    Christmas exists, regardless.
    How do we know?
    Because it has changed the world.
    Christmas is about redemption and God’s deep longing to be with us.
    It’s about restoration and repairing the breach between us.
    It’s about the ultimate expression of the greatest force in the universe.
    True practitioners of Christmas don’t concern themselves with the politics of it; they don’t have the time, not with so many people in need.
    ETERNITY
    Christmas compels those who embrace it to behave in ways that run counter to human nature.
    Forgiveness, selflessness and humility, let’s face it, are not natural attributes.
    Christmas makes demands of those who embrace it, among them, that they subscribe to a spiritual maturity that has nothing to do with those things that can be seen.
    And even if there really is a war on Christmas, the Christians are eating the lions.
    Had an atheist tried to block the entrance of a Walmart on Black Friday, he or she would have been trampled. Or shot. If anyone is eroding the meaning of Christmas, it’s those of us who have helped to turn it into a gaudy loot grab. Two years from now, there will be no such thing as a “Day of Thanksgiving” for a retail worker.
    Christmas is not Dec. 25. It is eternal. If we never buy another gift for those we love, if no manger scene is ever again erected in a public place, Christmas will still exist because its purpose is immutable.
    Page 2 of 2 - No politics or passage of time will ever change that.