A birthday is a big deal; a chance to celebrate surviving another year of life, with the hope of living another. Sure life may suck, but at least you’re alive. Even as we advance in age a birthday is a chance to relax and celebrate. Maybe it is because the focus is on us, we don’t have to buy presents or decorate.
Technically, Christmas is when people celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday. So what if it may be wrong day and month, it is the thought that counts. We know that Jesus was given presents that first year because the Bible tells us so. They were all gifts from strangers, it seems. Perhaps an atheist would argue that the alleged, “Holy Night” was actually the first documented visitation of Santa Claus. Of course, that wouldn’t work as I don’t believe that an atheist would support a belief in Santa Claus; something to do with that St. Nick thing.
People get all bent out of shape when it comes to Christ’s birthday. Some protest to show how good of a Christian they are, at least in public. Funny, most of the “good Christians” only attend church twice a year, unless there is a wedding or a funeral. Of course, the atheists set all this up by whining and complaining about a farm scene on public property. If they would just shut up and let things be, they might actually win, as no one even notices the manger on public land, until they bring it up making them look like big jerks! In fact, the majority of people are so consumed with shopping you could just call it ‘Mas, for Heaven’s sake, and they wouldn’t notice the difference.
Let’s consider a couple of facts:
-The religious leaders of the time conspired to have Jesus killed.
-The government allowed the crucifixion of Jesus for political reasons.
Now looking at the big picture, do you really think Jesus cares whether or not you go to a church to celebrate His birth? As for setting up a crèche to celebrate His birthday on government property, are you crazy?
Remember, as the Christmas season approaches, the 1st Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from it. If somebody wants to wish me a “Merry Christmas,” it isn’t meant to offend, in fact, they are being nice. Granted in today’s society that is a foreign concept.
If you really think about it, so many people worship at the trough of government, that we already have a government religion. The federal, state, and local government has more control and acceptance in our lives than any religion. If anything during this “holiday season,” Joseph and Mary are probably offended that their Son’s birth memorialized on government property and used as a fundraising tool.
Merry Christmas, and in the words of British comedian, David Allen, “May your God go with you.”