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When “Merry Christmas” Takes the Christ out of Christmas

I can say Merry Christmas today. I have finally come to that place after many years of healing outside of the church.
But not everyone has reached that place. The thing is, the church has royally f’d over some people and it takes a long time to heal from torture and captivity. Which is what the church has been doing for some time. Holding captives. Claiming authority Christ never gave them to shame victims into silence. His children have been forced to carry the burden of sins never committed, to be outcasts and forbidden the entire grace of God and a holy seat at His table. Lives have been broken in the church and families have been sacrificed at the collection plate. Let that sink into your heart this season for a minute. Not everyone has warm fuzzy feelings about church and for too long, the church has claimed Christ as their own, withholding true Christ from too many.
How ’bout in the spirit of Christ, let’s offer some salve to open wounds this season. Let’s walk and talk and shop in grace. Let’s meet her at the well and take the offered water. Let’s accept that the example of Christ like life was in fact, a non-believer. Let’s embrace, rather than insult and injure. You know, put some Christ into. Kindness, patience, understanding, all that love stuff, and with Christ’s loving healing heart, say, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza, or return whatever greeting of Christ like love they offer you.
If someone we meet can’t say Merry Christmas, if it hurts or angers them, it’s because somewhere along the way, someone used Christ’s name to batter them, to oppress them, or to violate them in some way. Whatever the reason, that’s between them and God. Our only instruction is to love. WE can be as Christ this season. So Christian up and return that, “Happy Holidays!” That’s the Christ of Christmas.
By the way,
Alussistuaqegcikici, ya’ll!

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