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A New Years resolution: From an historical perspective

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Who has given us the right to change our traditions because it is not politically correct in our eyes?

Why do our colleges and schools call Thanksgiving an extended break from school or work. Thanksgiving is an historical American holiday or am I missing something?

Why does a school celebrate the birthday of Santa instead of the birth of Jesus?

Am I invited to a Christmas party, holiday party or just another round of drinks?

I pledge allegiance to the flag is not under God anymore?

Is in God we trust on currency eventually going to become a thing of the past?

When someone sneezes, do we say bless you; taking out the word God?

Is it winter and spring break or can I still be off for my holiday?

Do I swear under oath in a court of help me God?

I grew up as a Christian primarily in a Jewish neighborhood. Our school was public and part of the Chicago school system. Christmas didn’t go away and Hanukkah was still there too. Yes, we did get a break from school for Christmas and not for Hanukkah but the Jewish population took their break anyway without complaint. And when they did, I had to go to school in maybe a class of 5 at the most. They lost time at school and couldn’t wait for the Christmas holiday. It didn’t seem such a big deal because we were taught to respect each others differences. That was the way it was and everyone had a holiday break in some way, shape or form, regardless of how the name described. We had other more important, constructive ideas to think about.

Now, everything can be offensive rather than in God we trust. Unfortunately, we better starting believing in something bigger than we are.

It doesn’t matter whose God, since most religions have one or the other anyway. But a God that embraces faith, trust and what used to be the American way. A God that vows to take care of others without judgement, criticism or injury regardless of color or creed. That was written somewhere too…or has that been deleted?

If we spent more time building our own lives with humility, purpose and above all, common sense to treat others in grace, politically correct would be two words dashed quickly from our vocabulary. And we would move on with a more worthwhile purpose for the good of all..

Lets make that our New Years thought for 2014!



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