Tuesday, December 4, 2012


I saw this on a friend's Facebook page and really wanted to share it with you.

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this
piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America . . .

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Don't worry about forwarding it or not. This is not a chain letter. But think about it's content. Do you back down from your "Merry Christmas" wishes? Why should we have a fear of talking about God or Jesus- He beat death! He was resurrected! 

I hadn't thought of that last part a whole lot until Sunday at church. Our pastor really drove home the point of this power. Have you ever seen someone risen from the dead? The people of Israel back then had; Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, Elijah's bones rose a man from the dead, even (I know those aren't the same time periods). So they were familiar. But no one made Jesus rise from the dead. He beat DEATH and resurrected Himself. Think of that power. Now, how can you be hesitant to share that?!

Disclaimer: If you read my comments I had an anonymous tip (really? anonymous? that's for spammers) that the commentary was not true about the White House calling the trees "holiday trees." I did not fact check on this piece because the sentiment is still true. Too many people use the phrase "happy holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas." And that's silly if you're using it to appease everyone. I don't think this is an attack on our "Christian president" as the anonymous tipster said - I don't know if Mr. Obama has a relationship with Christ (I pray for his soul and our country that he does!) - but please don't think that I am attacking him. He's the President of the United States and will be respected in my household, regardless of politics. So my apologies if anyone took this as disrespectful; that was not my intent. My intent had nothing to do with the President but rather the spirit of Christmas and how ashamed people seem to be to celebrate this joyous birthday of the Christ child. 


Zaneta said...

This was great!!! Thank you for sharing that! Indeed... Merry CHRISTmas!! :)

Kara said...

That's awesome. The "Happy Holiday's" saying does just make me cringe.

Anonymous said...

The commentary was mostly true, but not the preface about the White House referring to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year. That's just a false attack on our Christian President.
Anyhow, Ben said this in 2005.

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