This was originally published on Thursday, Dec. 23. 1993 in the Baton Rouge Advocate by an old high School friend of mine. Thought he might like seeing it again:
It’s really a shame that people have neglected the true meaning of Christmas. What began as a solemn birth has
materialized into a commercialistic farce. Don’t get me wrong, I get my share of gifts, but I also try to be in touch with the holiness of the holiday season.
Christians have been placed on the back burner for way too long. When will we stand up and fight together? There has been a new line drawn, and I would be glad to be the first to step across it. It’s time for us to stand up.
Morality is not just a Christian issue. We are all at war — and each and every one of us is on the front. AIDS, teen violence, prostitution, drug abuse; when will it stop? Is it just me, or is God trying to get our attention? Now you can find any manner of lifestyle, implication etc. simply by stepping out your front door. Just who determines what type of “orientation” should or should not be allowed?
I know I began talking about Christmas, but what is Christmas without the contemplation of why Jesus was sent to us. This should be the best time of the year for us. People should be decent enough to stop killing and molesting — maybe “decent” was the wrong word — to honor something that happened for each and every one of us.
Times have certainly changed, but not all for the worse. There is some good news in the world today. These dark ages have brought about a better awareness of what goes on and how to be secure in the fact that people are daily taking up their crosses to help each other out.
Even non-Christians know that to survive we have to stick together. Like I said, we’re all in this war, only we aren’t all on the same team. I’m on God’s team, but that can’t/doesn’t make me too good to fight for those who can’t fend for themselves. I may not condone immorality, but it is my (our) job to be moral.
You can’t honestly say that coming out of the closet is as effective as cleaning it. Not to say that I am without my own faults, and, believe me, there are a good many of them.
Fellow Christians, take time out this year for reflection on the body of Jesus. Step out, you’ll never regret it. Remember, “if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.” II Corinthians 4:3. Merry Christmas.
Robert J. Wilson
Of course, I preferred his Halloween editorial.