Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
The Yuletide season is perhaps our most beloved holiday, embraced worldwide by both the devout and the secular. However, some Christians are alarmed. Some even say that it's time to declare "Bah, Humbug!"
“Christmas is supposed to bear a message of peace on earth and good will towards man. This is a universal message that all should embrace, regardless of one’s personal beliefs about Jesus.
“Christmas Tree and Manger Scenes are reminders to Christians about all that’s right about their faith,” writes Rabbi bar-Tzadok. ”These religious symbols do not divide, they unite! Christmas Trees and Manger Scenes may not be expressions of my faith, but they are an expression of a faith, a faith that has the potential to be right and good for all.
“Why then is there such an attack on these Christian symbols of what is right and good about Christianity, and equally an attack on what is right and good about the Christian people who so love and embrace these symbols?
“Why the intolerance? Why the cultural and historical revision? Why? I’ll tell you why! Because, as a proud American of the Jewish faith, I have lived my life experiencing such intolerance towards my own religious expressions. I recognize intolerance and prejudice when I see it.
“The assault on Christmas is not just an assault on symbols, it is an assault on all things Christian,” continues the rabbi. ”All things Christian include, the Bible, the Jewish Bible, and thus by extension, anything and everything Jewish. (Rev. 12:17)
“Therefore, an attack on Christmas is an attack on everything that the Biblical tradition stands for, regardless of the many ways there are to walk the Biblical path, in accordance to the Word of God.
“Why the intolerance? Because today, the attack of intolerance is not limited to Jews and Judaism, it has now come to include attacks on Christians and Christianity. Everyone who stands up for the Bible, is being attack by everyone who stands against it. It really is as simple as this!