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Christianity must reclaim Christmas in United States

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The "war on Christmas" is being waged in the United States, but it is not coming from the liberal media. In fact, California Democratic Representative Barbara Lee's piece in the Huffington Post this Dec. 24 is more on-target than the preferred network of many Christians was last week.

At least Lee focused on poverty, as the Rock upon whom the faith is built did. Unfortunately, that is only one symptom of the real war on Christmas. The real enemy Christianity faces in this season is from those who proclaim to be Christians.

First, do we glorify the Lord when joining the fray for Christmas shopping? When we make His birthday (and yes, the date is historically inaccurate—we should make no apologies for spreading the Good News by offering a Christian alternative to holidays) about presents, we are engaging in the secular progression of the day.

Second, focusing on whether someone wishes us a "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" is not going to change the secular direction of the season. It also does not represent the faith well to be offended when someone wishes you well from a different perspective. What does it say if we are inhospitable to those who do not share our views?

Last but certainly not least is engaging in divisive and ignorant dialogue, like Megyn Kelly of Fox News proclaiming that Jesus and Santa are white. If you have to proclaim that on record, you might be a racist. If you think they are tied together, you might want to look something up before opening your mouth.

The Romans kept excellent records, and their bias would not extend to the appearance of the peoples in their empire. Perhaps them describing Jews as looking like Africans or even Egyptians might have been somewhat simplistic, but they obviously looked more like the enemy of Fox News (President Obama) than Ms. Kelly.

The most perplexing thing is bringing Santa into the discussion at all. While being offended that Jesus is (not) being misrepresented by a small segment of society, she found it necessary to make it known that His greatest competition for the face of the holiday is also white.

Santa's race is irrelevant to anyone believing the one-God principle. Since there is only One to whom we ultimately answer, the race of a fairy-tale figure should not matter.

Far worse than her inaccuracy was using this topic that would further divide society. The only certain consequence of presenting the Lord and Santa as white was that it would further alienate those who already see themselves as outsiders by essentially saying whether you want a secular or spiritual Christmas, you have to accept Caucasian superiority.

If it is so important to define Santa's race, perhaps we should also clarify the Easter Bunny's race—whether white or pink, he is obviously Caucasian. But what really comes through is that to Ms. Kelly, Uncle Sam (a symbol of the nation built from an abbreviation, not modeled after a real person) is white.

That is not representative of Christianity any more than the commercialism of this season, and runs more counter than saying "Happy Holidays." Winning the war on Christmas is not going to happen by forcing cities to display a manger scene on government property; Christ's day will be reclaimed by being welcoming and humble, compassionate and giving.

The way to win the war on Christmas is for Christians to show the love of Jesus, to whom race nor even nation of origin is not important.



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