So, it is that time of year again… when one fringe of greater Christendom rails against the godless politically-correct heathens whom are declaring a secular jihad on Christmas by abbreviating it with “Xmas” or daring to wish someone “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” – while the other fringe concerns itself with the supposed pagan origins of the holiday and/or rails against the esteeming of one day instead of another to celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus Christ (or other protestations along similar lines).
Now, I have to admit that this issue is not a hill I am willing to die on inasmuch as I would not consider it grounds for or against a person`s adherence to orthodoxy (within reason). Moreover, I must also express a certain sadness when peripheral matters such as these become a bludgeon for which one Brother will seek to wound another. There are many issues which we, as One People, should work to be of one accord – and others which are little more than a cultural affectation.
No doubt there are many potential dangers within this time of year, especially in a nation of such wanton excesses as this one, but even as we are not to be of this world we are nevertheless in this world.
Good Christian men rejoice, with heart and soul and voice!
Now you hear of endless bliss, Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened the Heavenly door, and man is blest forevermore!
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!
Indeed. Good Christian people rejoice.