I read an old article today about a fellow who was removed from a flight last year because he became so upset they felt he was a threat to remain on board.
It was not an attack on Christianity per say. In fact the “quoted” words this fellow had for the gate agent was this ““You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas,” the man retorted.” Further into the short article I read:
“Well, what should I say then?” the gate agent asked.
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’” the man replied.
Once he got on the flight, the man finally lost his patience when a fellow passenger wished him the same greeting. The man reportedly went on a rampage over the use of the phrase and started lecturing the flight attendants and pilots about what was appropriate to say.”
The comments under this article ran the gamut from “Merry Christmas”, to words that would further provoke (with) glee!, one person wrote they felt sorry for the fellow. A post that stopped me dead in my tracks was as quoted below:
“The man being offended must be a atheist or a Muslim & being in a Christian nation is the one to hold his tongue & his reaction until he got to his non Christian home or home country. Political Correctness has been tossed! We are taking back our country & making America Great Again!!!
Wait. What? Oh no. Seriously? – and there were likes!
I did reply to that comment. I didn’t expect much in response based upon her original post above, so – I was not disappointed with what followed really, as I had no expectations of wisdom.
I find myself mystified to live in a country where my fellow countrymen could have this mind-set. At some point in my brief “conversation” with this woman she decided I must have attended some fancy liberal university :sic:. Which both amused and saddened me. Yes, it is possible to have those feeling simultaneously.
For those loving human beings who are being unfairly attacked my heart goes out to you. I will stand up for you and by you because in God we are one. We’re all one. As I type this I have to say I am still appalled by such narrow-minded responses that this woman and others had. Hers were by far the worst.
Reading the story above, I thought about the man. What had his day been like? Had he just left court after a divorce? Lost a job? Buried a parent? Never been taught about God? I tried to explain to this woman, this man now had been given a very negative view of Christians who showed neither compassion or love to him. I thought about Sheldon (character on the spectrum on the “Big Bang Theory”) and how he most likely would have said those very same literal words “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas,”.
I shudder at the thought that anyone would read such an article and automatically verbally attack Muslim or Atheists. I tried to explain that presenting like this built walls not bridges – and that was when she decided I attended a big university and was a liberal.
I shudder to see the bigotry in my country. “All one nation under God”. I pray for the Holy Spirit to enter and warm cold hearts.
I own my faith. I love God with all my heart and soul. Happy Holidays is generic and works well in many circumstances. I work to walk as a disciple of Jesus every day, I wear crosses on my neck to symbolize my belief. I say Merry Christmas to my Christian friends and family. They are bonding words of love and joy. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are my favorite Christian holidays, Gods gift to all human kind, a chance for eternal life in Him.
If you are a Christian, remember what being a diciple of Christ is all about. If you are a non-Christian who has been mistreated due to your religious choice I extend my hand in friendship. God would expect no less of me.
Compassion, Respect, Love