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(AP) Some U.S. conservative Christians who received Christmas cards from the White House this month are grumbling that something was missing, Christmas.
As in every December since President George W. Bush took office, he sent out cards with a generic message, wishing 1.4 million supporters a happy "holiday season."
Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily.com, told The Washington Post. "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it."
Other conservatives on the Bushes' list accused the first couple of giving in to a national push for more secular celebrations....
Tony, I know there will be those who will disagree with your letter.
But I am not one of them. Your letter is a bit harsh, but with someone like me, I need it right between the eyes at times.
I was one of those people you are referring to. When our president was asked on the Larry King Live show about whether or not a Muslim would go to heaven when they died his response was "sure they just take a different path"
I was completely stunned by his answer.
When someone would say something bad about Bush I actually wondered whether they were even a Christian.
But the more I grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior the smaller I become and the brighter his light shines.
Augustine Love what you wrote today. And what you wrote in the 4th century. Merry Christmas
Whatever ideology we bring to Christmas, it is sure ONE time when the Christian community is seen to actually "like" each other - even across the denominational divide..no kid..
They even do a bit extra outreach at this joyous celebration time.
At least a bit more than the other eleven months.
Christmas has become a :- time of praise time of giving - even to the poor and down and out. time to acknowledge Christ and an opportunity to evangelise. time to outreach using cards and message tracts. time to come together. time for family.
The Christian snobs who reject it because of their theological bias, probably do very little else by way of witness and testimony during the year.
As for pagan ritual and when was Jesus really born.? ANY time used if well spent for Christ and witness in these perilous days can be used by God in any way He chooses to do so.
Merry Christmas and good testimony for Christ, to one and all.
All this weeping & nashing of teeth every time George does not act like Bob Jones Sr. Get over it people! This man is not the messiah you all made him out to be when he was elected. He stroked you, and used you, and cajoled you, and manipulated you like any good politician who knew where his bread was buttered. If anything, he owes his success to the fact that he learned a lesson from his old man, namely "don't offend the Zionist, Jewish lobby in this country or you're history". His old man went from a hero to a goat as soon as he tried to stand up to Israel. The son is an expert at letting the Zionists dictate our foreign policy, resulting in a quagmire in Iraq, while talking Christ when it comes time to get the "politico/evangelicals" in his camp. He's as phoney as a three dollar bill, and no more a Christian than any politician prostitute can ever hope to be, and still get elected. You can't have one foot in the Kingdom and one foot in the world. Either the world will reject you or you will be forced to compromise to the "overall constituency".
On the one hand we have those brethren who bristle at the mere mention of Christmas. (We had a couple check out our church and the only question they had was whether we condemned people who celebrated Christmas. When we said, "No," they said they believed the preaching was good but they couldn't worship with us).
On the other hand you have those (as in this article) who complain if Christmas isn't mentioned in every greeting given this time of year.
Would we all be just a little better off if we stopped the "I'm better than you because...." in Christendom and just preached the gospel instead? A Radical idea, I know.
I don't know Joseph Farah and whether he testifies to being a Christian, but what edifying purpose does announcing that you've trashed someone's greeting bring?
There's to much pride in the confessing church today. Pray the Lord will visit his people with humility.