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Happy Holidays...or not

Let me first preface this by saying that I voted for the other guy...

After reading this article, several questions come to my mind:

Q. Has the true meaning of Christmas been lost?
A. To many people, yes.

Q. Has Christmas become too commercial?
A. Yes.

Q. Is it the job and responsibility of the President to be the moral and religious voice of the country and remind the people that Jesus is the reason for the season?
A. No.

In the article linked above Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com editor is quoted as saying, Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one." (As an aside to myself while typing this I wonder what the difference between and born again Christian and a born again evangelical Christian is, but that is another conversation).

Now in my opinion, humble though it may be, instead of looking to the President to put the Christ back in Christmas, Christians need to first look to themselves. If the reason for the season (cheesy rhyme intended) has been lost it is because the body of believers that is the Church have allowed it to happen. It is not the responsibility of the government to set the religious standards for society, that responsibility lies with the Church. If these particular right wing conservatives (notice I did not lump them all together) would take a moment to think before speaking they would see that the Church has fallen sadly short in its duties.

Far too many churches have stopped teaching the Word in favour of preaching what the masses want to hear. Too many Christians have allowed their faith and beliefs to waver in order to be more in line with the mainstream. Too many have taken the do as I say not as I do mentality. Is it any wonder that society has lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas when the body of Christ does not seem to know either? How can a government be expected to set the religious standard (not that they are supposed to) for a society that does not know God?

The real war that we should be waging is the war to put Christ back into the position of leadership in our lives. My suggestion to those who want to see Christ (and notice I don't say religion) put back into Christmas is this: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

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