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Thoughts on 'Christmas with a Capital C'

December 16, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
After hearing the song "Christmas with a Capital C" by Go Fish yesterday for the first time, I feel compelled to stick up for those who say "Happy Holidays." I'm one of them.

If you haven't heard it yet, click on the YouTube link.

The word "holiday" comes from "holy day," and a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ certainly qualifies, so I don't see anything wrong with that. I also think that when dealing with people you don't know well, it's better to be inclusive than exclusive, so "Happy Holidays" covers all the bases.

It's not that I'm scared of offending anyone. In fact, if people who say "Happy Holidays," as the song suggests, did so simply because they didn't want to offend anyone, then they realistically would keep their traps shut -- there are plenty of pagans out there who could take any of the season's greetings the wrong way.

Having said that, it's not the lyrics of the song that really get to me, it's more the commentary by comedian Brad Stine.

A sample: "I say you gotta say merry Christmas cuz it is! and if you don’t believe in it fine, but i got a flash for you, Christianity happens to be the religious heritage of my country whether you like it or not."

"Come on," I want to say to him. "Grow up!"

Yes, I believe the significance of Jesus' birth has been watered down and is missing from many families' celebrations at Christmas. But I fail to see the good that this in-your-face song is doing in America. Instead of bringing a message of hope, its tone of defiance mixed with sarcasm and contempt could serve only to breed more hatred and contempt between those who say they are Christians and those who don't believe or are apathetic or are anti-Christian -- and what we really DON'T need is more hatred in the world.

According to a statement by the Christian band's founding member, Jamie Statema, posted on the acapellanews.com blog: "The whole point of 'Christmas With A Capital C' is to show that this annual debate is about something much bigger than just whether or not to say ‘Merry Christmas.’ It's about an ongoing effort to remove God from our American culture. We decided it was time to take a stand and as a result, ‘Christmas With A Capital C’ has become an anthem for Christians all over the United States."

I hear what you're saying, brother. But think about this: If I were teetering about my faith and heard this song, it would make me think twice about the kind of people who follow Jesus. Just like we look to our parents to be good models of how to behave on a daily basis, people who are searching for answers look to the Christians around them to provide good examples of how a person who follows Jesus behaves.

Rest assured, Mr. Stine and Mr. Statema and anyone who feels threatened by those who hope to eradicate the Christian religion: God cannot be removed from our culture or any culture -- and that's because of Jesus, the Christ, who is Emmanuel, which means "God with us."

Whether you say "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Festivus," that's not going to change.

 
 

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