He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Making Peace: The "War" on Christmas

This morning, I stumbled upon an article by Chris Stedman (he happens to be an atheist) entitled Why atheists should quit the War on Christmas, an article which usefully points out that two groups (Fox News and American Atheists) are simply using the manufactured controversy to generate revenue.  There is no war being waged on Christmas, but there is a conflict between some atheists and some theists over public expressions of Christmas cheer, a conflict amplified and made even more juvenile by those in search of deriving funding from it.

I join Chris Stedman in his call to quit the billboards, the placards, the childish jabs, and all the rest of the insecurity-driven nonsense that's all too common in the public discourse over the a/theist debate.  I ask my fellow Christians to focus on spending our efforts this Christmas season on cultivating loving relationships, thereby doing the most profoundly productive thing we can do toward keeping Christ in Christmas.

Let's all quit the War on Christmas, because it's the only way any of us win.

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