I was talking with a co-worker the other day and she mentioned that her husband worked for a particular company that threatened to fire him (and anyone else) if employees wished their clients “Merry Christmas.” This has been a “threat” hanging over Christians for years now and the politically correct stance to take is to wish others “Happy Holidays” instead. Why it is referred to as being politically correct baffles me; there is nothing political or correct about it.
The United States is a multi-cultured nation and we embrace tolerance and acceptance in a myriad of areas like no other country, to include the area of religious freedom, but as always, religion causes great divides…just as the enemy means it to.
I could take it as an attack on my graciousness to wish someone a Merry Christmas and they get offended, but they will never rob me of that joy. What are the incensed afraid of; that they may get converted, that they may smile or feel good, perhaps for the first time that day because someone said something in a pleasant manner?
For some reason (Christ, I assume), people want to declare this war on Christmas and they make ardent attempts to draw the battles lines in the sand in an effort to make sure folks use the correct terminology during this time of year…or else.
There is a reason that we celebrate this time of year and those that do not wish to be a part of it do not have to but it is, in the end, to their detriment. Forgive us, but we as Christians are told to “love thy neighbor.” We are just being obedient; we cannot help ourselves. Christ is the center of our world and He is the reason we celebrate Christmas.
There is an interesting note to add here to those non-Christians that would rather say “Happy Holidays”: you have not taken religion out of your well wishing…the word holiday actually means “Holy day” and in days long ago, it referred to a time of religious celebration. So…oops, are you sure you meant to say that?