Is Christmas for Christians Only?
More and more these days you hear about the fighting between atheists and Christians concerning Christmas. Many local and national Governments, for example, have taken to calling Christmas Trees a Holiday Tree perhaps because Christmas is a religious title and Government is supposed to be neutral. In this picture above from fakeposters.com shows what seems to be a very valid argument on behalf of those who argue Christians are not the only ones allowed to celebrate this specific holiday. When it comes to the truth a person can dig all day and night until he/she finds the evidence needed to prove themselves right or wrong, but taking the subject objectively we should all come to the same conclusion. Is the holiday we all, heathen or not, think of when referring to Christmas a Christian only holiday? I personally do not know enough on the subject to make any type of valid argument, but that will soon change.
In a cursory google search I found an article in the Huffington Post from a Roman Catholic Friar that, while short, makes a fairly good claim Christians should not get too worked up over this topic. Many Christians who claim to have an issue with “Seasons Greetings” barely even practice what they preach anyway, so… there’s that. Nativity scenes may be taken down from more and more schools, but who has ever been prevented in placing their own Nativity scene in their own front yard? (Preble) Oh and have we forgotten the Christians who actually are persecuted for being Christian? (Preble) In the West we may have mental persecution, but I would make the claim physical persecution is rare to none at all; we at least have laws that protect us even if only to a limited extent.
I have found myself two books I will soon purchase to find out a little more detail on the subject. Christian or not many of us think we have the right to an opinion while the truth is few of us do. Only when a topic has been studied in detail does someone truly have the right to an opinion, otherwise they should shut up. In an effort of full disclosure you will find the two books I intend to read in an effort to understand enough to provide a proper opinion on the subject towards the bottom of this page. Should you have some suggestions or comments I will accept them, but first a quote from Paul:
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. (Romans 14:5,6 KJV)
Preble, Fr. Peter-Michael. “The So Called ‘War on Christmas’.” Huffington Post 06 Dec 2013, n. pag. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fr-petermichael-preble/the-war-on-christmas-happy-holidays_b_4377516.html>.
Hodge, Bodie. War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression. Master Books, 2013. 144. Print. <http://www.amazon.com/War-Christmas-Tradition-Religious-Expression/dp/0890517908>.
Palin, Sarah. Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. 1st ed. Broadside Books, 2013. 256. Print. <http://www.amazon.com/Good-Tidings-Great-Joy-Protecting/dp/0062292889>.