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The PC Tree

Today I received e-mail from my son’s high school involving a fundraiser for the marching band. Normally I wouldn’t admit this but my son was in the marching band last year and I am still on their mailing list.
When my son was born I put a baseball glove on his hand and fantasized about his professional career as an athlete. Little did I know that one day he would be on the football field not catching a pass but playing drums in a uniform that not only doesn’t involve a helmet, but has a hat that essentially tells everyone he comes across that he would like to be beaten up.
Actually I am joking of course. My son is a very talented drummer and I am extremely proud of his gift and his nerdiness. Nerds rule now and I want him to succeed in his God given giftedness.
The real reason I am writing this is that the e-mail I mentioned earlier said that they were selling “ Holiday Trees” and we better get our order in fast! So I did. I immediately responded and said this..
”Excuse me? Holiday trees? Do you mean Christmas trees? Please explain! Brad Stine”
Funny, no matter how hard I searched the Internet I couldn’t find ANY reference to a tree being used in December to celebrate Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanza or winter solstice. You know why?
Listen if you want to make MONEY off of my religious tradition, the least that can be expected is to dignify it by using it by its name. Either avoid all of what has become representative of Christmas elements like, trees, lights, tinsel, garland, gifts, wreaths, Santa, mistletoe, angels, candy canes, sleigh’s, jingling bells, caroling, ribbons and bows, and find your OWN STUFF TO HAWK or call it by its rightful name!
How we have reached a point where blatant disregard for the constitutional rights of Christians within the public sphere is so egregious and consistent that it amounts to bullying and extortion I don’t know?
Maybe we need a test to see what the Country would look like without Christmas?
I would love to propose a Christmas free society next year. Let’s let the atheist have December all to ourselves shall we? We must not buy 1 Christmas gift for anyone next year but instead give all we had planned on spending to a Christian charity. There must be no Christmas parades, no Christmas music on the radio, no Christmas tree lighting. No communities putting lights out on their homes and neighborhoods.
There can be no vacations for the kids and no paid days off for government workers. Lets let the atheists and the leftist anti-Christian bigots have what they deserve, a dark, and cold, meaningless, joyless, bunch of nothing. Lets let the Country see what atheism leaves a culture with, Handel’s Messiah? No, a crucifix in a jar of urine while they worship Barack Obama who Jamie Fox deemed “Our Lord and Savior” on a national awards show on television.
Christmas is a gift and if people don’t want it maybe we need to get it in the hands of those that do. Of course what makes it so beautiful is that when Jesus was given as a gift for humanity, he was spit upon. Never the less He allowed Himself to be abused by the unappreciative in order to give them something greater that they could afford.
So even though my nature wants to withhold it, and give the people what they deserve, my God asks that I would continue to give it away knowing full well that many will abuse it.
This is what Christianity is, and it’s also why I’m so bad at it. I wish you all a wonderful Advent season.

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posted November 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

Indeed, we are called to love the unloveable, and Advent is one of the best times to do it. I thank you for the reminder that we, as Christians, are called to be a light in the darkness.

Thanks for your postings. They make me laugh, and they make me think!

Blessed Christmas season to you.
Carissa in eastern Iowa

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Kristen B

posted December 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

The anger behind this post is very human. That’s what Christmas is NOT about: you. Being a Christian isn’t about you. It isn’t about your defense mechanisms, it isn’t about your sensitivities.

It’s a reminder of what Christ gave us. What he was and what we’re not. And by first recognizing what we’re NOT, we realize what we can be. You shed all of the negativity and welcome a chance to learn.

Jesus wouldn’t have condemned these people. He would have embraced them and showed them his side of things.

There’s a certain love and respect that I believe a lot of Christians miss this time of year.

No one is unlovable.

It reminds me of this video I recently came across– it’s a cute little song about how Jesus and his followers actually Occupy Jerusalem.

Anyways, here it is:

Which, it has a point.

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posted December 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

Great post Brad.

There is, and should never be anything wrong with free speech, and I think that you mark on that well. People have the right to state dumb things, and people have the right to disagree. When people utilize terms like “Holiday Tree”, personally, I calmly inform them that I would like them to come back in April. I want to make sure I get a good bargain to celebrate Easter. If I think that finances may be a little tight at that time, hey, bring it in July. Nothing celebrates Independence Day like a Holiday Tree! It also makes it very exciting when the fireworks go awry and we have the bombs bursting in air, and the Holiday Tree bursting in flames!

True, Christ allowed Himself to be abused. Honestly, Christians abuse Him as well. That stated, I am not Christ, and I have the right, and I believe the responsibility to stand up and proclaim Christ, His birth, and the integrity of His message by insisting that we respect Him. No one drinks holy water, nor urinates on the rocks in Muslim “holy” sites, nor strikes up a band when the Buddhist monks come to town. Why then is it permissible to allow folks to misuse and abuse terms and names? Even Jesus turned some tables in offense- didn’t He?

I see both sides of the discussion here… and both have valid points.

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Robert Keller

posted December 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Wow!Well stated Brad. I have got to the point where the commercialization and utter disrespect for Christ mas has overwhelmed me.The older and, for lack of better word, wiser that I’ve become, the more I see clearly how superficially society treats this holiday.I think if more people knew that holiday means holy day, they would try to avoid using that term also.I consider myself a christian comedian also.I have just finished a parody on The Night Before Christmas,in which I finish with,”Twas weeks before Christmas, and it’s all in the air.Are they ignoring Christs’Birthday, or do they really not care.So it rests on our shoulders,to show them with glee,how the focus is on Jesus, and how he saved you and me.Now I know it’s a bother,and you think what’s the use,believe me I know,because I’ve used that excuse,but now that I’m older and possibly wiser, or maybe because I’ve become such a mizer, but I don’t see Christmas as I did as a kid, it’s not all about gifts’ but what the Lord did.So when we go out into all their confusion, lets not get caught up in their shallow illusion,and remember since we are Christs hands and his feet,we should say Merry CHRIST MAS to all that we meet,and we could kindly remind them, that Jesus is the reason, we have all this celebrating this time of the season.” If your interested in hearing the funny stuff before that conclusion, email me Peace Brother.

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