Minnesota Farmer


Don’t divide us
December 24, 2016, 10:13 am
Filed under: Farm

You’ve seen them, those posts from well meaning people who demand that you say or do a certain thing to be the proper whatever.  To those people I say, STOP.  Do not divide us!

This Christmas season there is a battle over whether you should say “Happy Holidays,” or “Merry Christmas.”  Does it really make that much difference?  I myself prefer to wish people a “Blessed Christmas.”  Is that out of bounds?  Why are we making divisions?

I understand the “tribe” mentality that may precipitate such thoughts, but division gives us hate and war, and this holiday season is a time of celebration of unity in Christ’s love.

We Christians at times rail against those who are not our kind of Christian, but please remember, Jesus was born to a Jewish family, they dressed and looked like many of the people in Palestine and other middle-east countries.  He was not one of our petty little tribesmen, He had much more in common with those we love to hate in this modern world.

Jesus spent the first few years of his life as a refugee.  Chased from the land and people of his birth by a ruler who killed many like him.  This is not the life we live today here in our comfortable homes, but the life of displacement so many of us look down upon.  Rather than denigrate these refugee’s we need to reach out a helping hand as Christ would have us do.

Stop and think before you seek to divide.  Christ came into the world to unite us all in love.  When you seek to divide on the basis of words or ancestors or political status you are not loving one another as Christ first loved us.

So, please, if you say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Merry Xmas, or even Blessed Christmas, make your words and deeds acts of love and unity.  Do not divide us, but seek to unite all, so that love, not hate will rule the world.

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