A Politically Correct Holiday Greeting
A Politically Correct Holiday Greeting
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially
responsible, low stress, gender-neutral, winter
solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of
the religious persuasion of your choice , but with respect for
the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their
own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a
religion at all; plus… A fiscally successful, personally
fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the
generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect
for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions
have helped make our society great, without regard to the race,
creed color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.
Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or with-
drawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement
any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility
for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to
those not caught up in the holiday spirit.
Instead of these above phrase, I like to say, “Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!”
How long until ‘holiday’ is bad because it is derived from the words “holy day”?
Posted on December 7, 2007, in Daily Word, Random Mumbling. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
We talked about this last year, but I want to readdress this: the use of “Xmas” is not a slam against Christianity. It is not a movement to remove Christ out of Christmas.
Take this definition from http://www.answers.com
Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of Χριστος, “Christ.” In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, “Christian.” But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ĕks’məs). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.
I have to admit that this stuff drives me nuts! I won’t go into all that politically correct mumbojumbo … I’ll tell you this … When I was working for Target, one year the company took out Merry Christmas in all of their store signing because of complaints and opinions, etc. They used Happy Holidays instead. Well, that really caused a stir with a lot of people. So if I remember correctly, the company switched back due to requests … anyway … this really made me think about the meaning of Merry Christmas. You see … I wasn’t walking in faith at the time and was far away from God. Working in retail actually made me dislike the holiday season and I just wanted it to be over. Reflecting back … I realize this was God’s nudge for me to follow HIm. I was curious to find out why “Merry Christmas” was so important and why it the words on a corporation’s store signing was such a bother to people. This led me back to Christ. I asked a lot of questions and was blessed to have other Christians around me. If I were still there and this happened now, I would have a much better and different understanding of the whole situation. So I guess I am just saying that He works in many ways to bring His children back home and I am grateful.
But your greeting gave me a good laugh Pastor! Thanks!
Hopefully this link will work. Focus on the Family put together this list of companies that have put a ban on using the term “Christmas”. http://www.citizenlink.org/pdfs/fosi/Attack_on_Christmas_2007.pdf
Ah yes, political correctness run amok. But then it has always been misunderstood by most of us. My take is that it is really a statement of the religion of the secular humanist who say they reject the supernatural and the spiritual and instead take a supposedly non-religious life stance. Instead, being humans created by God with the built in longing to worship their creator, have created their own religion which is cloaked in warm fuzzy feeling movements such as political correctness, environmentalism, animal rights, climate change and otherwise known as social responsibility. Wow, did I really say all that? I hope I did not offend anybody but if it is too far off base I know the bolgmaster will make it go away. And a Merry Christmas to all.
Yall have probably enjoyed my silence, the company I have recently contracted with has a strict internet policy, however when I can get on the blog at home I sure plan to.
There are so many things we are restrained from as Christians, however there are so many we restrain ourselves from. It is not stores, that are keeping us down, nore even “proper political correctness”, more so it is we whom have placed ourselves in this position. Have you ever payed close attention to how you speak and what you refer to when your with a friend from church? Then compare that to how you speak to someone whom you meet at the park, or at the gas station? I often find myself bridling my speech when I am talking with someone whom I am not certain is a believer. As if they would run away in fear if I referenced the name of Jesus! How ridiculous am I, that I would concern myself with the approval of this world! How ignorant can I be? It is none other fault than my acceptance of insecurity that this is even a issue. The responsibility for the proclamation of truth is on none other than whom knows this truth. This truth should be proclaimed year round, with what ever words one might choose, but they must be professed. My friend Pastor Simonson is a prime example when ever he enters a room says “Praise the Lord!” He has not one worry, of what is correct, he is a product of truth.
I believe in manners at all times. When I waited tables and before my conversion, I would write “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Kwanza,” and “Happy New Year” on my bills to the customers. I wrote them randomly just to cover all the basis and, mostly, to ensure no one was slighted by a mere waitress. Every year I see this same political correct dialogue about Christmas and remember writing those tickets and remember the testimony Jesus left in that place. I love what Melanie said about the controversy being instrumental in her conversion.
Pastor I never thought of it that way, However it makes perfect sense. So thank you bringing it to my attention. I am diffently more aware of things that are said and how people say them.
I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful church which, I knew I found 4 years ago the first time I came to Texas and was brought to promiseland and knew that this is where I wanted to live and raise my children.
Thank you Jesus for bring me here and guiding me to accept you in my life!!
I couldnt be happier anywhere else, I’m Finally home.
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