This time of year everyone has their usual take on Christmas. Often times we are reminded how thankful we should be for friends and family and rightly so. Occasionally that one brave soul will have the audacity to mention something about a baby born in a manager and how we should all be thankful for that bit of history as well. This is, of course, very true, but has been met with increasing ire in the last decade especially. So much so that the same fate suffered by the Messiah is exacted upon anyone who dare mentions this truth. Oh I don’t mean a literal crucifixion, but certainly a digital one. To declare that mankind is inherently flawed and in desperate need of a Savior is to suggest that certain choices are, dare I say, wrong and in need of correcting. This will, no doubt, bring upon some form of banning, retribution, cancelling or all of the above, but why?

America used to be a place where different ideas came together in mutual respect and dignity. I can still remember, even in my lifetime, where differing opinions could be openly discussed and even debated without fear of reprisal or repercussion. You simply believed one way and I another. We could still “agree to disagree” and even remain friends, but no more. Those days are gone and I often wonder if they shall ever return. I once heard someone say that if you rebel against everything then you have lost your right to rebel against anything.

Like all of us, I have my own opinions on the matter, but I feel G.K. Chesterton said it best, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

Regardless of your beliefs I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and hope that the true meaning of Christmas finds its way into your heart this holiday season.