CHRISTMAS tree…a pastor’s rant

The pastor needs to rant a little bit today so I hope this is worth your time to read:

I saw a post on Facebook today that said the White House, for the first time this year, has referred to the Christmas tree as a “Holiday tree”.

Here we go again…

This bugs me to no end.  Our country’s leadership is trying to be politically correct by saying “holiday tree” when all the awhile they are being oppressive to Christians.  They are trying to be inclusive of all faiths all the while they are excluding Christians.  Our leadership is doing everything possible to respect and honor other religions but refuse to honor Christianity.  Apparently it is O.K. to recognize other faiths but heaven forbid we recognize Christians. I understand the separation of Church and state, but there is a point where that is taken too far.

Now…I totally understand that Christmas trees are not biblical but this renaming of the Christmas tree is just one more reminder of how our government is doing everything they can to do away with anything Christian related.  You see…the Christmas tree tradition was created to celebrate Christmas, not New Years or Hanukkah or any other holiday.  This brightly lit and beautifully decorated pine tree is meant to help us celebrate Christmas, so don’t call it what it is not meant to be called.

Be proud and bold in your Christmas traditions and let’s not let those in power try to take those traditions away.  Say “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and not “Happy holidays”.  Be full of Christmas cheer and remember the reason we celebrate this time of the year.  Be sure your actions reflect the love that God first showed the world through the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s Christmas…plain and simple.

There…rant done :)

Have a great day and a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.  Be safe.

edh -|—

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2 responses to “CHRISTMAS tree…a pastor’s rant

  1. PS anafterthought

    I only partially agree with you. Yes, say Christmas tree, say Merry Christmas, but this is a season of many holidays. And many people who don’t celebrate the Christian Christmas. The stores put up the trees after Halloween if not before. They don’t put them up to celebrate the Christian Christmas; they do so to promote a Holiday Feeling for Shopping. Now is not the time to say Merry Christmas. It is Thanksgiving. Then comes Advent, not Christmas right away. In our churches, we don’t celebrate Christmas until Christmas time; we have advent. We don’t celebrate a persons birthday by saying Happy Birthday for over a month before their birthday. How about promoting a Christ centered Advent greeting? And then, if these were true Christmas trees, people would have them up until Epiphany, but many people put up their tree so early that they can’t wait to get them down a day or so after Christmas, but that is still the Christmas season. Christ will be in Christmas, in our stores, in our homes, in our hearts, whether or not we say Merry Christmas. But Christians who go along with the secular and commercial rendition of the Christmas season aren’t showing the true meaning of Christmas to those who don’t know the Christ.
    I think Christians need to set themselves apart just a bit from all the glitz and shopping and Merry Making.

  2. heartofapastor

    I do notice those stores who put up trees way early. They may put those trees up to promote a “holiday feeling of shopping”, but that is not why the Christmas tree tradition was started.

    And you are right, as Christians we need to set ourselves apart…and that is what I am doing. Saying “Merry Christmas” during advent? I do…Jesus birthday is one birthday I don’t mind celebrating for a month or more. It is not that I totally gloss over Advent but I do promote a Christian understanding of this season. And if it means saying “Merry Christmas” during Advent that is what I am going to do.

    Thanks for you thoughts :)

    Merry Christ the King Sunday!