Tis the Season

xmas-60s-letter-pieces1Recently I was shown an interesting piece of paper. It was a hard copy original of a letter written in 1964 by a friend’s grandfather where he laments the anti-religious nature of our declining America.
After speaking about the death of his wife’s favorite pet, he writes this:

“As you could guess, it will be a quick and slim Christmas, but every year I become less and less enthusiastic about it. Guess I am getting old and crotchety. More and more set in my ways. If things keep going the way they are now, it won’t be long before it will be illegal to celebrate anyway.”

“In Hillsboro County (Tampa) schools, it is prohibited to have a nativity scene or sing Christmas carols. And there is a place afoot to play down and discontinue Easter sunrise services. Merrily we go to hell.”

Amazing. Three years before I was born he is bemoaning social currents that sound like the threats I hear today some 40 years later. Anything that has a Christian religion flavor is branded as a violation of a separation of church and state- an erroneous mantra based on a faulty view of Jefferson’s comments.

Speak ill of the Qur’an and you will face expulsion, suspension, and a label of intolerance. Mock the bible and you are just being open-minded. It seems that while there is nothing new under the sun the progressive slide into apostasy and neo-paganism continues. Preach the Word in and out of season.

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About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on December 4, 2008, in Cultural, Experiential / Application. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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