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I'm Offended That You're Offended - Merry Christmas Anyway!
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Posted on: 12-20-2005 @ 10:07 am


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Debbie Daniel is an advertising account executive in Central Texas. She is a native of Louisiana and graduated from Mississippi College in the field of Psychology and Religious Education.

WWTL Admin Note:This post is by permission Debbie Daniel of her
column which first appeared on GOPUSA in December of 2004.

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I'm Offended That You're Offended - Merry Christmas Anyway!
By Debbie Daniel
December 14, 2005

I'm on a "Merry Christmas" mission and I'm in full throttle. My little yellow VW Beetle has turned into a Christmas billboard with Merry Christmas written across the back window. Yes, I've decided to trek off to work everyday on the public highways with a message that seems to offend people.

At stop lights, I even turn my music up a little louder, and to top it off, I sing along with it. Don't I know that stopping at a red light to roll my windows down only to share the joy of Christmas carols on public streets is a No-No? Don't I fear the Christmas Gestapo and those who would have me remove the written message from my car?


I'm sorry folks, but the only person I'm concerned about "offending" during this Christmas season is the Lord himself. LEAVE THAT MANGER ALONE! We've allowed the Baby Jesus to be kicked out of His lowly manger, and those offended by Christmas are still not happy.

I refuse to let this happen. I'm going to do my part to make sure "Merry Christmas" doesn't become extinct. Because like it or not, if the believers in Christmas don't take a stand now, it's gone forever.

Listen folks, the Christian community has been underestimated before; we will have to show ourselves again.

I walked into a Wendy's Restaurant the other day and was rather exuberant with my "Merry Christmas" greeting to the manager. He didn't have much of a response and I said, "Where's your Christmas spirit?" He said, "We're not allowed to use the words "Merry Christmas" when greeting customers. We can only say "Happy Holiday."

This morning I grabbed a quick breakfast at a Whataburger Restaurant. I noticed there wasn't a single decoration in the store. I asked the manager why they weren't decorated for Christmas. He told me the corporate headquarters decided not to send any decorations to any of their stores, and he didn't know why.

After I heard about all the Macy's and Federated Stores taking down their Merry Christmas signs, the Target stores not allowing the Salvation Army to "Ring the Christmas bells," and the many incidents of children, choirs, and bands not allowed to play or sing Christmas carols, I realized it was happening right here in my own little Texas town.

How can this be? Not Texas!

We do, however, have a store, Hobby Lobby, that plays nothing but Christmas carols during the season. On Christmas Day they run a full page ad in our local newspaper. That ad is not to promote the store, but uses the entire page to tell the story of Jesus' birth. Now that's taking a stand. We need to thank them.


When I saw a news report the other evening of children being taught new words to a song we've sung for years - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - I was saddened to hear "We Wish You a Splendid Holiday."

I know now that it's just a matter of time that the "Merry Christmas" greetings will be gone. Look around your town. Notice the "Holiday" greetings and not "Christmas." It's happening right before our very eyes.

Start singing the songs; go down the streets of America singing to your heart's content. Get some of those wash-off markers that these kids use to write on their car windows when they're rooting for their hometown football team. It's easy to do, and if a torrential rain washes it off, write it on there again.

We've got to get this message out. "Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . that Jesus Christ is Born." Sing it, speak it, be a billboard for our Lord.


The story of this "Baby Jesus" alone has brought about more goodwill at this time of year than any other day we celebrate. How can we sit back and allow Him to be snuffed out of our lives?

Is it Jesus, or is it His followers that the "offended" don't like? What kind of revulsion galvanizes one to campaign so vehemently against the mere mention of His name, the mere singing of a carol, or the mere visual of a sign that says "Merry Christmas?"

I can listen to my own boss at work use some of the vilest words and follow up with, "Excuse my French." I may cringe inside at his damning of God's name, but I tolerate it. So if you don't like me wishing you a "Merry Christmas," I'll say, "Excuse my joy." You may cringe that I celebrate the birth of Jesus, but just tolerate it.

I cannot be concerned that "Merry Christmas" offends you. If I'm not careful, the day will come when saying I'm a Christian will offend you.

I'm offended that you're offended. How about that?

When we get to a point that we can no longer take part in a tradition we hold dear, we have no choice; we either defend that tradition or we give it up to those who say NO. That's it . . . period. So, which will it be?

I'm not giving up my "Merry Christmas" joy to anyone. If I know of someone that celebrates another holiday during this time of year, I will be glad to wish them whatever holiday they want. Just tell me what it is and I'll shout it to the world and wish you a grand celebration.

Just give me Christmas. To you merchants: Stop being so hypocritical and "filling your tills" on the back of Jesus! Who do you think is the symbol of giving at this time of year? It was the wise men bringing gifts to the newborn Christ-child.


You want your coffers full, but have ordered your employees to take down all the Merry Christmas signs. If that's the case, I'll buy gifts at a place that understands my joy.

If you're worried about offending someone, you just did. The most recent Newsweek survey shows that 82% of Americans believe that Jesus is the Son of God. So, in trying not to offend a few, you've offended many.

It's okay to jump into the "Merry Christmas" spirit when it fills your cash register, but let's call it something else . . . and don't stop giving . . . and don't stop buying. . . we'll just change the name and you'll never know the difference.

I know the difference and I'm feeling it greatly. It's hard not to be aware that townships across our country have actually banned the singing of Christmas carols because it might offend someone. And it's not just the religious songs; it's the secular ones too. No more "Jingle Bells" or "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" because they're associated with Christmas. Boy, aren't we getting sensitive?


If we're not celebrating Christmas for the hope it gives with the birth of our Savior . . . there is no hope!

I noticed a few years ago that we changed the name of Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthday so as to be all inclusive regarding the Presidents. Hark, if we should recognize anyone as exceptional. Now it's called Presidents' Day.

Well, if we're going to be so all inclusive, next month I'll have to refer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Civil Rights Leaders' Day. We don't want to exclude great Americans like Rosa Parks or Cesar Chavez, do we? And to think that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might be left out.

We might need to change Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents' Day to All Parents' Day. Just lump them all together.

It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? So what's the difference?

My freedom to celebrate Christmas in the tradition of the Christian religion is as much my right as it is your right to be offended by it. So what are we going to do? Did anyone hear me . . . what are we going to do?

Do we defend a person's right to go forward with a time tested tradition (how about 2000 years?), or do we defend a person's right to end it all because they're offended? As long as we live in this great land and have the freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in, we will always offend someone.

If we try to make everything right for everyone, we won't have anything for anyone.

May you always have Christmas in your heart!

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Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of Walking With The Lord Christian Broadcasting.


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Comments By: mr_savvy
(Posted on 12-20-2005 @ 10:40 am)

Comment: Amen, Amen, Amen! You go girl!

Comments By: TheBadger
(Posted on 10-25-2007 @ 01:03 am)

Comment:
Do you celebrate your birthday on a day other than what is on your birth certificate ? Why ? Do you celebrate a day Jesus was'nt born on ? Because of your christian ancestors. They excepted this day. And this day they excepted is a day that most all Pagan Celebrations take place. But, what does that matter. You celebrate a Lie....... LOL It is a man made Holiday that causes debt , bad children dont get toys. And all the Lies you tell your children about flying reindeer, Elf's making toys for them. Put it along with the tooth fairy ( fables). What do they hurt ? Well, when your children grow up find them to be Lies. Then your going to try to tell them about Jesus. How in died for you and He raised up out of the grave. And He went into the clouds in the sky. And then He is coming back for all us some day. You say, Oh no . a legalist . No, I have lived and experienced what I just told you. 31 years of my life with no hope and then final after destroying my Life. I called out on God. And through His Holy Spirit I found Truth. I pass it on and I'm called Legalist,exstremist,hairspliter and other names that christians call me. But, I be ye not conformed to this world . But, look for the Kingdom to come. Ezekiel 33:6-9


Comments By: TheBadger
(Posted on 11-19-2007 @ 03:31 am)

Comment:        
             " TEACHING SELFISHNESS "

Every year, we hear well-meaning "religious" people complain that Christmas has become commericalized." But was there ever a truly noncommerical Christmas,at least in the United States ? There never was a time when Christmas existed as an unsullied domestic idyll, immune to the taint of commercialism," writes Stephen Nissenbaum, a professor of history at University of Massachusetts. From the beginning, he says, Christmas American style has been "Commercial at its very core." In 2006, according to consumer survey firm BIG research, the average American spent $ 794 on Christmas purchases, which totaled a record $ 154 billion. Authors Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli point out that advertising forces driving Christmas traditions are at once hard-hitting and seductive." The Christmas Machine has this power over us because it knows how to woo us....... If it appeared as a monster, we would rise up and stop it. But the commercial messages of Christmas appear as promises that bring tears to our eyes." Christmas time, supposedly an occasion for happiness and celebration, every year leaves many with feelings of depression and emptiness. The focus on excessive consumption at Christmas time causes some to become despondent, when they feel they cannot afford to keep up with what pace demanded by the merchants and advertisers who profit from the holiday. Yet Jesus Christ - who is supposedly the center of the Christmas holiday- taught against the obsessive materialism Christmas encourages. He said, Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15). Are you teaching your children to obey Christ's instruction ? Or are you just feeding the " Christmas Machine ? " Many say, put Christ back into Christmas. But, the truth is Christ never was in Christmas. It is a man made Tradition we have been taught since children . And we continue to feed this Christmas Machine. And at the same time hate the commercialism it brings. We want it both ways. The Word of God calls these people a Luke Warm people. God cant work with them. God said , He would rather have them Hot or Cold. But, a Luke Warm person was unstable in all their ways. Matthew 26:41 the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Why ? Do people dishonor God by celebrating man made tradition. We dont celebrate our birthday and anniversary's on the wrong date. But, we merely shrug our shoulders and down everyone else that knows the difference....... I End This Message with a Scripture that all professing Christians need to read in " The Christian Life " Titus 2:11-15
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