Having just read Scott Maxwell’s column titled Florida enters the Wacky “War on Christmas” in the Orlando Sentinel, I’ve just got to roll my eyes. His agenda-driven column as always falls short any critical thinking.
He has marginalized all Christians who make it a point to reclaim the true message of Christmas. This holiday (holy day) has been corrupted by a worldly perspective of uber-materialism and Christians are just as guilty as secularists.
That this happens should not surprise anybody. Recent surveys of Christians have shown they have very little biblical knowledge. Knowing God without knowing His Word is difficult. Americans have trouble naming the 4 Gospels, knowing who gave the Sermon on the Mount and realizing that Joan of Arc was not Noah’s wife. I wonder how many American children know whose birthday we celebrate.
Without knowing all about Jesus, is it possible to observe with proper reverence the meaning of Christmas? The hope that the baby Jesus brings into the world is far greater than any hope of worldly gifts to be placed under a tree, even if those gifts are given in love. What good is passing an empty tradition to the next generation if it does not include the Savior to the world?
Indeed, all Christians, in the busy-ness of the season and in fact in the busy-ness of their daily lives year round, need to be reminded of God’s Message to His people.
Mr. Maxwell declares that the notion of officially recognizing Christmas is wacky. He ignores the fact that some in our country are deliberately trying to erase all references to Christianity from the public square. I would like to ask Mr. Maxwell , if he makes it a point to write columns about the wackiness of atheists who sue schools that refer to Christmas?
Rather than raise a reasonable concern over government intrusion into our lives, discuss the idea of separation of church and state, or consider state sponsored atheism, Mr. Maxwell resorts to ridiculing and name-calling, a tactic in which liberals are well-trained. This is rule number 5 in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
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