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December 20, 2013

War on Christmas?

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That said, there is, actually, a real war on Christmas, but you rarely hear about it. You see, for the true Christian Christmas isn’t about a tree or a card or a greeting. lt’s about Christ. lt’s about God who came and lived among us fully God and fully human. This Christ of Christmas said to us, “l was hungry and you fed me.” Yet too many in the Church were silent when Congress cut food aid to the poor by $36 a month and yet voted to continue a tax break for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

This Christ of Christmas said to us, “l was sick and you took care of me.” Yet too many in the Church of Jesus Christ sit on their hands while very well-insured billionaires are pouring their collective fortunes together in an attempt to shut down any attempt to bring health care access to all Americans. This Christ of Christmas has commanded us to love our enemies and said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” yet too many of us sound the battle cry over and over again for war and destruction and violence as our first and sometimes only option.

ls this war winnable? As long as the very embodiment of Christ Himself, His Church, is able to keep from being distracted by the superficial and the unimportant, then yes. Jesus Himself has guaranteed it. He knew that by our dedication and commitment, mingled with the power of the Holy Spirit, we would, as he said in Scripture, do even greater things than Him (John 14:12).

May we all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Kurt Simon is a Vandalia resident. Email him at editor@effinghamdailynews.com

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