Sunday, December 16, 2012

Taking God Out Of Schools And Christ Out Of Christmas?

Since Friday's tragedy, I've been reading and hearing a lot of talk about how this sort of incident could be prevented if we hadn't taken God out of our schools. I'm sorry, but I don't believe that God was absent from Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday morning, or from any other school where a shooting has taken place. I have no doubt there were children and adults who were talking to Him during that time of fear, confusion and pain, whether they survived or not.

True, God in the form of teacher-led prayers, or in the form of teaching students one religion's beliefs to the exclusion of all others, has been removed from the daily schedule in our public schools. But students can still pray at any time, and many of them do so on a regular basis. They also still have the freedom to bring their Bible to school and read it in their free time if they so choose. In my opinion, that's how it should be handled in a public school--if you want your child to receive more religious instruction, that can be done in your home, your place of worship, or in a religious school.

The same goes for claiming that Christ is being taken out of Christmas. I could go on and on about all of the Christmas traditions we, as Christians, took from other religions to create "our" holiday, but that's not the point of this post. The point I have is this: other people may use the terms "holiday tree," "holiday card," "holiday song,"  "holiday party, " and wish us "Happy Holidays." That is their prerogative. For those of us who are Christians, and who celebrate this season as the birth of our Lord, there will continue to be Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas songs, and we can continue to wish people "Merry Christmas." We can also continue to have Nativity scenes displayed in our homes and yards. No one can take that away from us without our consent. At the same time, we can't take away the rights of others to celebrate the season in a way that is meaningful to them.

Our country was founded to provide religious freedom for all its citizens. That means we should be welcoming to those of beliefs which differ from ours, not resentful of them or accusing them of trying to stop us from having our beliefs.

What it all boils down to for me is this: practice your beliefs in the way you see fit, and allow others to do the same. Let's give it a try, and see what happens.  Merry Christmas!   :)

1 comment:

  1. Well said we should respect all faiths not just the one we follow. I have no problem with someone who wants to wish me a Merry Christmas, however, you may get a "Blessed Yule" in response. Respect starts with ourself, I take issue with someone who gets thier "panties" in a wad over a holiday greeting such has, Happy Holidays because they feel they are disrespecting "thier" holiday. I think people lose site that their are other faiths out there that celebrate other Holidays, they deserve respect as well. I hope everyone has a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season, what ever holiday you celebrate


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