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Let 'Merry Christmas' Be Heard Again

Let 'Merry Christmas' Be Heard Again

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Just after Thanksgiving, my good friend Dr. Day Gardner called
me and said: "We need to say Merry Christmas again." I totally agreed.

We quickly called our partners in Christ the Rev. Dean Nelson and the Rev. Walter Hoye to get the ball rolling and Christmas bells ringing. The movement has legs now.

"Let's say 'Merry Christmas' again!"

Together we are promoting the open letter Walter has written below "to Pastors, leaders and all believers."

We are inviting all to celebrate Christmas by signing on and sharing the letter far and wide:

Dear pastors, community leaders and all believers,

Brothers and sisters, Merry Christmas in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember the reason Christ was born and the price he paid for the sins of the world as the Holy and spotless "Lamb of God" slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived and died that the world would have a second chance at eternal life in heaven.

Lifting up the name of Jesus in the public square, especially this time of year has and is the practice of billions around the world. Dec. 25th — Christmas Day — has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since June 28, 1870. This is when Congress created the original four holidays — New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Indeed, celebrating Christmas, the birth of Christ, is as American as it gets.

As Christians, let us reject the trend to substitute "Happy Holidays" for "Merry Christmas."

As Christians let us remember the admonition of Christ himself in Luke 9:26 and boldly proclaim "Christ is the reason for season" by saying "Merry Christmas" as we consecrate his holy and miraculous birth in the language of our everyday lives.

Is saying "Merry Christmas" demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity?

No. Of course not.

Just as someone in the Jewish faith who says "Happy Hanukkah" isn't demanding that Christians or non-Christians convert to Judaism, neither are Christians who are saying "Merry Christmas" demand non-Christians covert to Christianity.

When we Christians greet the world with "Merry Christmas" we are openly expressing — globally — that we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

Not only is the public expression of our faith in Christ encouraged in the Bible, it is one of the fundamental freedoms we have and enjoy as Americans.

So let us cancel the trend to say "Happy Holidays" or any other substitution for "Merry Christmas," and both faithfully and fearlessly say "Merry Christmas."

May God richly bless you and yours.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.




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Celebrating Christmas, the birth of Christ, is as American as it gets. Let us cancel the trend to say "Happy Holidays" or any other substitution for “Merry Christmas” and both faithfully and fearlessly say "Merry Christmas” again.
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