Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Tree Ban

At my great alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill the Christmas trees have been removed from the libraries due to complainants. Here is the story.

People complained about the Christian display. Maybe I'm an idiot but I never associated my Christmas tree with my Christain beliefs. The tradition actually has pagan origins. But that's not the issue I want to raise. I want to know why we as Christians allow everyone to quiet us. I'm not a tolerance supporter but isn't it interesting how we are to tolerate everyone but Christians?

We need to stop catering and stand up for our beliefs. Yes I know that UNC is a state supported university but that's not part of my argument. The big picture is that we as Christians need to be bold about our faith. Do not apologize for Who you believe in and don't compromise for the sake of not offending someone. Jesus offended alot of people not because He was rude but because He stood firm on His beliefs and convictions and called people out about their lack of faith.

This is the best time of year to tell people about Jesus. Although some people (ie...the people in the above mentioned article) do not wish to be told about Jesus other will listen. People's attitudes change and divine opportunities exist everywhere you look. There are two simple ways to do this during the Christmas season. If you send out Christmas cards send ones that tell others about Jesus. I love the Santa and funny ones as much as anyone but why not send out the best news and gift someone could receive. I've done this for years and I've been able to share Jesus with many of my friends, co-workers, and family because of the card. I've also gotten letters back from family members telling me to "not send out phantasmagoric literature to us please". They still get Jesus Christmas cards! The other simple thing you can do is to tell everyone you see "Merry Christmas". At many of the retail stores the employees are told to say "Happy Holidays" and not "Merry Christmas". Well, I can say whatever I want. I usually try to say it first and see how the cashier reacts. Some will say it right back and others will stop and think about what to say. It also usually brings a smile to the other person's face.

No matter how hard people try to take Jesus out of Christmas we should try harder to make sure we celebrate Him.