‘Christmas has power to bring peace and transform lives’

December 24, 2015

Jerusalem Nativity

GO AWAY: The infant Jesus and the Nativity Scene from the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Jerusalem.. Commercialism dictates that all religious references are taken out of public life so the person we are allegedly celebrating has been banned from the celebration. Would Islam do this to the prophet Mohammed?  Picture by Oleg Krupski.

 

Lord Monkton

DEFIANT WORDS: Lord Christopher Monkton says he will carry on saying Christmas and putting up Christmas decorations regardless if whether somebody says he can or not.

 

David Cameron

PRESENT DANGERS: David Cameron says in his Christmas message that peace has prevailed because of the decisions he has taken to deal with the refugee crisis and bomb Daesh in Syria and Iraq and military action has brought stability to Afghanistan and South Sudan.

 

 

CHRISTMAS is a message of hope and with all the chaos in the world  –  even if you don’t agree with it – needs to be heard more than ever.

What’s life all about? Surely we want peace in our families, our communities, our countries and our societies. Without, it how can we be functioning societies?

Christmas has now become the only time of year when a birthday is celebrated and the person who is allegedly being given homage has been banned from the party. Praise is given to Santa Claus, Rudolph and elves, but not the birth of Jesus, the Nativity Scene, the Three Wise men and the Shepherds.

We see this in abundance with special Christmas offers in the weeks in the run up to our holidays without the spiritual message behind it and this can lead to fissures in relationships, when it should be about families coming together.

In the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, its first female mayor Vera Baboun, says the town is meant to be a city of peace for those celebrating Christmas around the world.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said: “Sixty-nine churches rang their bells when the Christmas tree of Bethlehem was lit. If humanity remains silent, let the bells of Bethlehem speak instead. The bells reflect the mosaic of the city: they reflect the joy, the existence, the danger that we’re living in – everything.

In her Christmas message she adds: “True peace in the world can never prevail in the world as long as the city of peace does not live in peace. We remain hopeful that the Star of Bethlehem will remain forever sparkling.”

An equivalent would be like celebrating Eid, which is a day Muslims celebrate as a fast-free day to mark the end of Ramadan (also meaning Breaking the Fast Feast) with no reference to Allah or Mohammed, his messenger. You can just imagine the reaction to corporate brand names if they went down this route.

Contrast this to a Christmas message by David Cameron, part of which reads: “Our brave Armed Forces are doing their duty, around the world: In the skies of Iraq and Syria, targeting the terrorists that the threaten those countries and our security at home; on the seas of the Mediterranean, saving those who attempt the perilous crossing to Europe; and on the ground, helping to bring stability to countries from Afghanistan to South Sudan. It is because they face danger that we have peace.

“And that is what we mark today as we celebrate the birth of God’s only son Jesus – the Prince of Peace.

“As a Christian country, we must remember what his birth represents. Peace, mercy, goodwill and, above all, hope. I believe that we should also reflect on the fact that it is because these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of faiths and none.”

Well not really, if you have officials (under your watch, Dave) who constantly take offence on behalf of other faiths and denigrate Jesus by effectively standing aside by banning all religious reference to the Nativity and Christmas, that is act of showing shame about our heritage.

And standing by the other side of the road while Christians disproportionately are being taken to court on social issues of conscience and often the cases brought are vexatious, and which could arguably would never have been brought if Muslim, Sikh or Hindu litigants were involved.

The Muslim community makes it absolutely clear they don’t apologise for their heritage, so why should it be any different for our Judeo-Christian roots?

And also by abandoning Christian, Druze and Yazidi refugees in Syria on the assumption they can be found in Jordanian and Lebanese camps when those in the know have said publicly they won’t identify themselves as it is effectively a loud hailer to Jihadists to ‘come and get me’.

Apologising for your religious heritage shows cultural suicide, self-loathing and a sign of weakness and an identity crisis – standing up for what you believe in will gain Christian faith leaders respect from their peers, not political correctness.

Lord Christopher Monckton said in an interview to an alternative news outlet: “I’m going to do what you do, I’m not going to call it ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Happy Hannakuh’ but I’m going to call it ‘Happy Christmas’.

“We are allowed to remember our own Christian heritage and we are also allowed to join the ‘being offended’ game. I can say we are offended when we can’t put up our Christmas trees and Christmas lights because various people protest and they’re offended by them whether they are not.

“We should just carry on putting them up anyway. Let us vote out of office (at local or national level) any more of these people who say we ‘can’t have Christmas’. We can have, we will have it and we will keep our own Christian traditions.”

And with those words, I will join Lord Monckton on that. And don’t let anyone tell you that certain words can’t be used, as words in themselves can literally have the power to give life and transform lives. We know which fork in the road we should take, so follow it.

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Hosting May 9, 2016 at 1:12 am

We struggle with the uncertainty of tomorrow and the turmoil going on in the world around us. World news brings few positive reports, if any. We wonder if peace on earth is even a possibility.

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