Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Holidays???

by Steve Ray on December 18, 2007

Tonight I took my beautiful wife of 31 years out to dinner. As always, more that anything I love being alone with her and discussing a hundred important things together. (Most of my creativity takes place when I am alone with her.)

But that is not what I am writing about, sorry!

HappyHolidaysNO.jpgAfter our dinner the waiter took our payment and said, "Happy Holidays!" and turned to leave.

I said, "Merry Christmas, we prefer to keep CHRIST in Christmas!"

He was startled and stopped. He turned and looked at me. Then he said, "Thank you! Me too! Thanks! I get tired of all that political correctness. Merry Christmas to you too!"

SantaBows.jpgYou know, I think he wanted to say "Merry Christmas" to me, but he was either required to say "Happy Holidays" or he was just culturally conditioned or afraid to say it. Either way, I hope I had a small impact in his life.

I encourage everyone this year to assert themselves — say "Merry Christmas" and tell everyone why you insist upon that greeting! Glorify the Lord, have an effect on your culture, and encourage others that WANT to say Merry Christmas to break down and actually DO IT!

By the way, "Happy Holidays" comes from the phrase "Happy Holy Days" and so even the "politically correct" people are unknowingly acknowledging the sacredness of Advent–without even knowing it. It PAYS to be culturally, historically and biblically correct. Only fools are "politically correct."

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Christianity Today is the flagship magazine of Evanglicalism. I have been a subscriber for over 25 years. The editors have come up with the Top Ten Stories for 2007 which they describe this way:

Top Ten Stories of 2007
The events, people, and debates of the past year that Christianity Today's editors believe have shaped, or will significantly shape, evangelical life, thought, or mission.

Click here and notice that Dr. Francis Beckwith's resignation as the President of the Evangelical Theological Society to return to the Catholic Church comes in at #8. Congratulations Dr. Beckwith, and welcome home. May many others join you in your discovery of the Fullness of the Faith!

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