Born In A Stable & Still Being Bullied
I was planning on writing a heart warming post about Christmas, and my faith. However, I’ve been bombarded with so much hate about my beliefs that I’ve decided to take a stand. I usually write happy posts about running, uplifting music and being thankful, but today I’m switching gears. Enough is enough. My faith in Christ is an integral part of who I am. When I’m working out, “It’s through Christ that strengthens me, (Philippians 4:13)” and the Bible is the moral compass I follow when raising my family. So you can understand why I am outraged by this recent news- Town of Dallas Forced to Move Nativity Display . It seems like every year, we hear stories like this. Some national organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation pushing their atheistic views on everyone especially at Christmas. This story is different for me because it happened in my hometown. The town where my children’s grandparent’s were raised, where they were taught to fear God, and the town we go back to every year to celebrate birthdays, holidays and yes, Christmas.
For a nation that was built on Christian values, it’s sad to see outside organizations come into small towns and bully them into their so-called “politically correct” agenda. Contrary, to this organizations beliefs the Town of Dallas actually wants a nativity display on their courthouse lawn, and yet it took just one cowardly bully to write a letter and change a 40-year tradition. Regardless of Separation of Church and State and all that mombo jumbo, I believe democracy should take precedence. What kind of example are we sending our children? We teach an anti-bully curriculum in the public school, but outside of school adults are being threatened by lawsuits because of one person’s opinion. I teach my children to stand-up to bullies, and I will lead by example. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God…”
If this unnamed person, requested the town to add a Menorah or a different religious symbol to the display that would be different. This is an all or nothing case. Atheists believe in nothing, so their no-displays are just as much apart of their non-belief as the symbol of the nativity. The nativity display isn’t an over-the-top extravaganza, but a symbol of quiet simplicity.
Jesus’ birth was a quiet, low-key ordeal. He was born to a carpenter and his wife not in a hospital or even in their home, but in a stable. Cows, sheep and goats surrounded them as Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger (a feeding trough). The angels announced the news to shepherds (blue collar workers), not Cesar or the President, but to commoners. Who went to the lowly stable to worship the Savior, Jesus. That’s the awesome thing about Jesus, he doesn’t bully you into believing in Him, that’s your choice. So if you drive by town hall and see a nativity display, remember you have a choice to believe or not, but it doesn’t mean dictating what the majority of my town and I believe.
Merry Christmas! If you agree with this post, please share with others. Let your voice be heard.
Update– Locals have united on Facebook at Saving Christmas in Dallas and have organized a rally on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas courthouse. Visit Saving Christmas in Dallas for details.