There’s a war on civility, not Christmas

Let’s get this straight once and for all. There is no  “War on Christmas,” real, imagined or otherwise. The alleged assault on the holiday is a product of talk radio and cable news networks. It’s their way of creating controversy, inflating ratings and driving yet another wedge between us. How else could either medium survive without such a debate? Those inflaming this so-called “war” certainly couldn’t maintain there places at the top of the dial conducting constructive debate, now could they?
In fact, what is really taking place in this case and in many others like it is a “war” on substance, a “war” civility. You see, it seems like we can no longer just simply disagree in this country, in this culture. Those who maintain an opposing opinion aren’t merely against what we stand for, but they are the “enemy.” They pose an immediate threat to our well being as a people.
Of course, this isn’t only a symptom of modern society. No, this tactic has been used to create a chasm  between the religions, between the races, between the regions of this nation since the Union was formed over 225 years ago. Throughout history, divisiveness has been an integral part of debate for as long as man first developed a means to have his voice heard.
The irony of all ironies in this specific instance, however, is in the name of the being in which this current of many contrived “wars” is being fought.
To those believers in our world, Jesus Christ, is their Lord and savior. He walked the earth to propagate the ideals of kindness, love and service for and to our fellow man. And he also fostered one very important notion we seemingly too often overlook...pursuit of peace.
Now, that’s a novel thought, isn’t it?
As we gather with our families this Christmas season, it would do us all well to remember the crux of Christ’s mission. Whether you believe in Him as a person or a presence, His basic teachings are imminently plausible. A lot of what he is purported to have said came down to good, simple common sense.
If there is any real “war” taking place in our daily lives, it’s that one right there.


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