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Stephen Lee Rich: It's All Vaudeville

Observations on Christmas and Christians

Posted on December 25, 2012 with 0 comments

As Christians celebrate, on this day, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I would like to remind the Fundamentalists why we are called Christians.

     It is not because of The Book of Genesis, although that book is certainly important. It is not because of the Book of Leviticus, although that book has much to tell us. It is not completely in the Book of Revelation, which seems to be the Fundamentalist’s sole concession to the New Testament.

    Christianity is in The Gospels. Those books exist to tell us what our Lord said, taught and did. Those books exist to tell us what the Heavenly Father wants us to be.

     These books will tell you that we are a Faith of peace and love, not of weapons and hatred. We are a Faith of hope and progress, not of cowering in fear at the possibility of change. We are a Faith which embraces all of the Almighty’s Creation, not just one, tiny group of humans.

     Although many of the traditions of Christmas stem from ancient pagan practices, it is still the perfect time to celebrate the birth of our Lord. The Winter Solstice marks the time when the days become longer as we move closer to the rebirth of Spring.  It is the most appropriate possible symbol of who and what we are as Christians.