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Rev. "Don Quixote" Falwell's Christmas Crisis

The news over the last few days has been filled with Rev. Falwell's almighty battle over the word "Christmas". I am struck with great sadness, and perhaps a bit of irony, that while Falwell is busy with his Don Quixote-esque battle over the English language, World AIDS Day goes by nearly ignored, 30,000 children die of hunger every day and we are fighting a war based on lies that goes against everything the New Covenant stands for. I don't recall Jesus ever focusing on the importance of what the world called a holiday. I don't remember any passages where Jesus was telling us that what was really important was making sure our "rights" are protected. I do know that there are over 3000 references in the Bible which talk about taking care of the poor and widows and orphans. Falwell once proclaimed: "I have a Divine Mandate to go into the halls of Congress and fight for laws that will save America." I only remember two Divine Mandates given to Christians - love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. That should be our Divine Mandate. American laws, that will save America? Maybe it is the American Church that needs saved first. This latest crusade is yet another instance where Mr. Falwell's priorities are perhaps askew. Which version of the Bible Rev. Falwell reads on a regular basis is a mystery to me. I fear that he may not be familiar with passages like James chapter 1, especially verse 26 which says: "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Or how about all of the verses that mention loving one another. Blaming abortionists, feminists, gays and everyone else that doesn't line up with his ideals, is not exactly a good example of Christ's second commandment. Unfortunately, too many American Christians are following in Rev. Quixote, er Falwell's steps. The American Church has become exactly what Christ warned us against. Fat, self-absorbed, self-appointed judges of our neighbors, rather than the loving, caring, examples of humility we are commanded to be. I wonder, if perhaps the reason America is wanting to change the word "Christmas" is because when they look at the very followers of the person at the center of this holiday - they see nothing but hypocrisy. Perhaps if we were to remember that John 13:35 says all men will know we are His disciples because we love one another, we would actually have people knocking down our doors to find out what the Church has to offer. And, as a dear friend often says, you draw more flies with honey than vinegar.

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