Should Jesus Christ be removed from Christmas?

Beth Greenfield writing for Parenting said that “Christ has officially been removed from Christmas,” and this set off a firestorm that was hot enough to make media headlines.

The problem is that what Greenfield wrote was misleading because no one removed Christ from Christmas [it seems the media misleads a lot these days].

All that happened was one middle school [one middle school of about 8.000 in the U.S.] on Long Island, New York removed references to Jesus Christ from the song Silent Night.

The music for Silent Night was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber [1787 – 1863], who was an Austrian primary school teacher and church organist in the village of Arnsdorf. A Catholic priest wrote the original German lyrics.

Before I say what I’m thinking, we should refresh our history of Christmas, because of the fact that having Christ mentioned in a song that celebrates a pagan holiday might offend God.

In fact, in Exodus 20:2-6, God said, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

If you don’t know the history of Christmas and where this traditional holiday had its beginnings you should know it. Christmas did not start as a Christian holiday. It was a pagan holiday first.

And December 25 is not the birthday of Jesus Christ. A careful analysis of Scripture clearly indicates that December 25 couldn’t be the date for Christ’s birth.

“Fixing December 25 as Christ’s birthday was a comprise with paganism.” (William Wash, The Story of Santa Klaus, 1970, p. 62)

And “In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

“The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

“After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.”

To learn more about the history of Christmas, I suggest you click on History.com and/or Bible Facts from ucg.org

Now that we know a little bit about the history of Christmas and Christ’s birth, here’s what I think: Popular political correctness—be it religious, political, corporate or atheist—has become today’s tyranny and it has toppled governments in the past.

There’s nothing wrong with giving for a just cause. However, the real reason we celebrate Christmas on December 25 each year is probably due to the corporate profits that come from the estimated $469 Billion that Americans spend shopping during the holiday season. (Last Throws.com)

What did Moses do to the Ten Commandments when he came down from the mountain and discovered his people worshiping the statue of a golden calf?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Is the Average RICH person an Idiot?

I read a piece by Mandi Woodruff at Business Insider about 21 Ways Rich People Think Differently.

The first paragraph said, “World’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is enduring a media firestorm over an article in which she takes the ‘jealous’ middle class to task for ‘drinking, or smoking and socializing’ rather than working to earn their own fortune.”

I’m in the middle class. I don’t drink or smoke and I socialize only a little compared to the number of hours I work at what I enjoy, and I’m not jealous of the rich. I do not envy them either. What does that say about me?

Number ONE of the twenty-one ways rich people think differently says, “Average people think MONEY is the root of all evil. Rich people believe POVERTY is the root of all evil.”

I’m not RICH, and I don’t think money is the root of all evil and I also do not believe POVERTY is the root of all evil. Instead, I believe GREED is one of the causes of evil and POVERTY leads to suffering and some of those people living in poverty work long hours at jobs that pay little because some RICH person doesn’t offer a livable wage.

For example: the Walton family that continues to earn its wealth from the Wal-Mart stores. The NY Times says, “With most of Wal-Mart’s workers earning less than $19,000 a year, a number of community groups and lawmakers have recently teamed up with labor unions in mounting an intensive campaign aimed at prodding Wal-Mart into paying its 1.3 million employees higher wages.”

That NY Times report was in 2005, and little has changed at Wal-Mart. In fact, it may be worse. The CEO, Michael Duke, earned $35 million in 2010 while a new Walmart employee was paid $8.75 an hour for an annual salary of $13,650. Source: Jonathan Turley

In addition, the Walton family’s now holds as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of Americans combined—about $90 billion.

Does that mean all RICH people are like the Waltons?  I don’t think so.  After all, two of the richest people in the world are planning to give all or most of their wealth away to worthy causes. I’m talking about Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet with a combined net worth of $105 billion.

Woodruff also mentions a book, How Rich People Think, written by Steve Siebold. Siebold makes some wild claims such as, “The average person has been brainwashed to believe rich people are lucky or dishonest.” Usually, I leave a link when I mention a book, but I do not think this book deserves a link.

However, it’s common sense—something Siebold and Rinehart seem to be missing—that everyone cannot be RICH.

Before I finished reading the Business Insider piece, I had the impression that Siebold believes everyone could be rich and famous if they had not been brainwashed into thinking the way us AVERAGE middle class folks think.

Here’s my reply to Siebold:  Everyone cannot be a winner.  Imagine a horse race where every horse wins and no one loses. There is always a horse that comes in last.

Imagine all the football, baseball, basketball and soccer games ending in ties because everyone is an incredible, perfect athlete.

Imagine every person on the Earth each worth millions or billions. Who would be left to mow the lawns, cook, wait tables, etc.?

Imagine seven billion people with the talent of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, or Whitney Houston.

Some of what Siebold says about how the rich think makes sense but I’m sure there are many AVERAGE people in the MIDDLE CLASS that do not behave as Gina Rinehart claims and for sure, have not been brainwashed as Siebold says.

Here’s a thought: I suspect that the RICH people that caused the 2007-08 global financial crises are an excellent example of the AVERAGE rich person, and if you want to know what EVIL is, we do not need the opinions of RICH people such as Gina Rinehart with a net worth of $18.9 billion or  Steve Siebold, who charges $7,501 to $15,000 to speak to you about his opinions. We may turn to the BIBLE to find out that answer:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil …” Source: King James Bible: 1 Timothy 6:10, or there are passages in the Bible that also says it has to do with being judgmental, to think what is good and evil such as Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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From Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” to God’s chosen

Recently I discovered Carly Rae Jepsen’s viral (more than 114 million views so far on You Tube) song “Call Me Maybe” and shared the You-Tube link of this video with friends.  One friend, an Evangelical Born-Again Christian, responded in an unexpected way and turned it into a religious issue that resulted in a volley of e-mails (I’ve edited the e-mails or this post would be way too long).


Caution – it may be easy to become addicted to this song/video.  It’s cute. It’s funny.  It has a story. It’s about life with a witty surprise ending.

Born Again said, “Had a (minor) epiphany after seeing the guy’s body. It’s commonly observed that male homosexuals take better care of their physical selves than normal men. They are often better dressed, in better shape, and have finer living quarters. The epiphany was this is a reflection of the worship they have of their own bodies, while the Bible instructs Christians to take care of their bodies, “… for ye are the temple of the living God.”

To which I responded, “I’m not quite sure what you mean.  If gays take care of their bodies by being in better shape isn’t that the same as treating your body as if it were God’s temple? …”

Then I Googled “Your Body is your Temple” and got”: 1 Corinthians 6: 15, 19-20

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Source: Scripture for Christians

In addition, I added, “Here’s a piece in the Huffington Post that says, “Gay Population in the U.S. Estimated at 4 Million.”

If this is correct, that means about 1% of the US population is gay while there are more than 310 million Americans and 75% are fat and a third of those fat people are obese—that’s more than 232 million people.  In addition, I have read and been told by my doctor that 80% of people our age (meaning you and me) are on one or more medications due mostly to lifestyle choices leading to poor health.

With this information, it seems to me that there are far more so-called Christians (mostly heterosexuals) that are an abomination to God’s laws than that 1% gay population of the U.S.

Then there is this from Matt. 7:1  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” and Matt 7:2-5: “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you…”

Born Again replied, “I see a great difference between taking care of one’s body to maintain health and the obvious possessiveness of the guy or gal with his/her body which goes far beyond health. The commandment to put no other gods before Me can refer, in my opinion, to the obsession of today’s culture with physical beauty.

“Judging to me means deciding between differences where punishment or reward is implied by the judge’s decision. If I make a comment or express an opinion on another, the question I suppose, “Am I judging? Should I never make a decision about another person’s action for fear of judging, or bring to another person’s attention his/her sin that I observe? If I (properly) inform a person he/she is sinning and thereby help that person to stop sinning is this a wrong on my part? That is, am I doing a wrong to make a right? I think not because my helping a person like this is not judging, because I do not have the power to punish.

“In addition, if I tell a person he/she is going to hell unless they accept Christ as their savior I am not condemning that person. The Bible states that God has judged and condemned, and I’m simply reporting what God said he will do to those who do not accept Christ. …

“Remember, according to scripture, only born again Christians have bodies that are temples of God because upon becoming saved the Holy Spirit dwells within them. Upon becoming saved the Christian starts a change that eventually will lead to a healthy lifestyle. You’ll find few Christians that smoke or that drink to excess. From my personal observation there are fewer obese individuals in the churches I’ve attended than the general population.

“On the other hand most Christians I know do not appear to think it behooves them, as a Christian, to lead physically healthy lifestyles.”

And I said, “This is a claim that almost every religion and/or Christian denomination makes (the words may be different but they all mean the same—God chose us over all the others).  According to one site I Googled, in 2008, there were 228,182,000 Christians in the United States and the Evangelical/Born Sect only numbered 2,154.000.

“Evangelicals are not alone in their claim that they are the chosen. And outside of Christianity, the Jews claim to be the chosen of God while Muslims make similar claims alongside Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“Amazing, and the one you joined is the chosen one!?  Did God come down and tell you in person?  What does God say about people making claims in His name or are you just expressing your own individual, personal belief?”

All this from sharing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with an Evangelical Born-Again Christian.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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