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Everyday at least one of my friends on Facebook keeps publishing a small paragraph on their status up dates that reads:

"They may want to take Christ out of Christmas, but they can never take the Christ out of me! If you are proud to be a Christian and not ashamed to show it then post this as your status for one day as a light to the world. Most people are too scared or ashamed to do this. Let us remember what CHRIST-MAS is all about too!"

Now , I am a Christian. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to say it. However, this little paragraph saddened me. Mostly because, I think that majority of the people who have been posting this really don't know Jesus. Because the same people posting this have been posting their intolerance the rest of the year. I am not claiming to be a perfect Christian, sometimes I am a lousy at it. But I do know this:

If you are not doing everything you can to help save the lives of Americans ...you are no patriot

If you are not encouraging competition in the marketplace...you are no capitalist

and, if you are not doing everything in your power to help the sick and the poor...you are no Christian

Jesus was a Midlle Eastern Jewish man, who preached pacifism, ate with taxpayers, whores and lepers, was against the death penalty, was in essence a socialist. His was philosophy, based in compassion, equality,
inclusion, forgiveness, tolerance, peace and - most importantly - love.


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Dec. 24th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Although, on the flip side, I think I understand where that paragraph is coming from in the sense that the "P.C." aspect of holidays has gone waaaaaaaaay too far. The holidays are being sanitized and blurred to point that they are becoming meaningless or identifiable to any particular group and that is a shame, so much so that people have a cow when they see "Christmas Trees" for sale instead of "holidays trees".

As an example, that's ridiculous. Christmas trees are for celebrating Christmas, for Christians. To call them anything else is to also display a level of intolerance towards Christians that is unacceptable, which seems to be a trend. We don't ask other religions to change the name of their items (like "menorah" to "holiday candle holder"), so I think Christians should get the same respect for their holiday, which is my take on that paragraph only. You're right about the rest!
Dec. 25th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Now, I don't know if you know that I am a hard core atheist, but that's not the point here. I find that the people who are 'walking the walk' are not often the ones non-believers notice. It's usually the loud, scary ones, and that's sad. This man in England is to me, a grand example of 'christian'. He did this because he thought it was the right thing to do.


I am hoping that someday, we won't need labels other than good human bean and bad human bean.
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