Friday, December 02, 2005

The Boycotts are Working!!! We Are WINNING!!!

"Great News! Walgreens Says 'Next Year Will Be Different!'"

That was the headline of the December 1 email I got from the American Family Association (AFA). Because of the efforts of those who threatened boycotts, Walgreens got the message. And they are not the only ones. Lowe's also got the message and has replaced "Holiday Trees" signs with the obviously biblical and theologically correct designation of "Christmas Trees."

The AFA email states, "Your actions are bringing good results! We are hearing that many retailers are re-thinking their banning Christmas. Keep up the good work!" Banning Christmas! Just who do those retailers think they are? Even USA Today is sitting up and taking notice of this advance of Christianity through the intimidation of retailers (HT: Stan). If we all pull together and really work hard, maybe by next year we will be able to coerce every major retailer not only to advertize "Christmas specials" in December but also to set up manger scenes at the doors of their stores. That will really show them!

And...after we get finished dealing with Lowe's and Walgreens and others of their ilk who tried to "ban Christmas," I hope some American evangelical will be spiritually courageous enough to lead the charge against Charles Spurgeon and all those Puritans who decried Christmas in their day. If we are going to take America back for Christ(mas) then we need to be warned against all those who refuse to make of this holiday what our great nation has made of it over the last 200 years!

As a Christian, all of this has really put me in the holiday spirit!

18 comments:

Larry said...

You will like this: my church both cries that we need to "Keep Christ In Christmas" and added secular music to the Christmas program.

Steve Weaver said...

Great news! :) Seriously, great satire which I like even better.

Howard Fisher said...

Christians, who say we should never use satire to make a point, are missing a great tool. This post is so clear even I could understand it. Well done.

Mike said...

I typically agree with the AFA, but you have helped me to consider this one and give it some real critical thought. Thanks for spurring me on toward better thinking. I am now subjecting my "christmas beliefs" to the light of scripture (and history, for that matter), and I have told my wife that we will have no Sacred Cows in our household. I haven't reached any conclusions yet, but at least I'm examining it rather than just going with the flow.

Mike

ajlin said...

I think that the word "Christmas" is much too vague. I'm pushing for everybody to start using the term "Incarnation Day."

Have a Happy Incarnation Day everybody!

JM said...

I've read one or two Spurgeon Christmas sermons. Could you clarify Spurgeon's opinion of Christmas? Thanks

One Salient Oversight said...

They're winning the battle... but they're not winning the war.

Eric M Schumacher said...

I was thinking that next year we could press for "Say the Sinner's Prayer, Get 25% Off" sales.

Kenan said...

Great post.
I like the "Incarnation Day" idea.

G. F. McDowell said...

I agree with the (crass) spirit of the posting. Furthermore, I think that efforts to:

a. Keep "Under God" in the pledge of Allegiance
b. Keep "In God We Trust" on our currency
c. Keep the Ten Commandments in our courtrooms
d. Et cetera ad nauseam

while not inherently bad, are a distraction from our mandate, do make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

shick said...

Gentlemen, Now that we have had our fun, I suggest we stop parodying. If you have ever visited Ingrid Schlueter's blog you know that somethings are unparodyable. Sad but true.
Especially yours Eric ;-)

shick said...

If you still don't believe me, check out this post on PyroManiac's blog. Very sad.

Jeff said...

If I remember correctly, most of the Puritans did not celebrate Christmas. Particularly in America, the Puritans regarded Christmas as an "Anglican" holiday. Jonathan Edwards probably never celebrated Christmas during his entire lifetime. Many of the Puritans almost totally ignored the church calendar - emphasizing that the one important day to celebrate was each Sunday - because we celebrate Christ's resurrection every Sunday.

In fact, we do not know the exact time of year when Christ was born. Christmas is on December 25, because that was when the pagan holiday of Saturnalia was, and that was a day when all of the Christians were off from work.

Brian Hamrick said...

How many souls at Walgreen's have been saved as a result of the boycott?

David & Rose Ann said...

Constantine and Caiaphas would be proud.

lucy said...

Yes, this may all be worthless and with no merit, but I noticed you all are males???? From a woman and mom's and grandma's point of view from the heart, a thought: let's let our infants cry because of course the infant will cry again and what real difference did picking the infant up make this time???? Possibly the little things, the worthless things, the insignificant things do count somehow.

lucy said...

Yes, this may all be worthless and with no merit, but I noticed you all are males???? From a woman and mom's and grandma's point of view from the heart, a thought: let's let our infants cry because of course the infant will cry again and what real difference did picking the infant up make this time???? Possibly the little things, the worthless things, the insignificant things do count somehow. What was the intent of the

KCBill said...

Funny thing about the AFA that I've noticed - they really are led around by the wind when it comes to boycotts. I mean they stop a boycott against P&G because they fire a guy who put together an ad campaign (duly noted it is a step in the right direction), but why go back to a company so quickly? Was it not in your Bible as it was in mine where it said: Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,And I will receive you.”
Maybe I'm taking it too seriously, but I take that to include my money supporting and profiting the workers of iniquity when there are far better options available to people that not only support family values and families but have made it a point to manufacture products that do not compromise the very health of the consumer and their children. AFA never even considered this which gives me great pause to support them in any way at all.

Okay, there's my 2 cents on the subject.

Here's a bonus for you: before your church goes out and decries the secular world to put Christ back in the holiday season by recognizing Christmas, make sure your pastor has not made a habit of taking the tough teachings of Jesus Christ out of their sermons. One is explainable the other will be harshly rewarded on that day.

In Christ,
Bill