Thursday, December 08, 2005

Should we say Merry Christmas? (I think we should)

From H.B. London, Jr. at FOTF's Pastor's Weekly Breifing email:

On November 29, the Fox News/Opinion Dynamic conducted a survey asking some questions that I thought might enhance your weekend message as you observe the Third Sunday of Advent. For instance, those surveyed were asked:

— Do you consider Christmas a religious holiday or cultural holiday?
Religious: 57% ... Cultural 14% ... Both: 12%

— Do you agree there is a war on Christmas in the United States?
Agree: 42% ... Disagree: 48%

— Does it seem that the public display of Christian/Christmas symbols is under attack more this year than normal?
More: 58% ... Less: 13% ... Same: 15%

— When greeting people you don't know well during the coming month, are you more likely to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"?
Merry Christmas: 61% ... Happy Holidays: 26% ... Depends: 10%

— Are you offended by stores that instruct employees not to say "Merry Christmas"?
Yes: 45% ... No: 49%

— Do you agree or disagree that the courts have gone too far in taking religion out of public life?
Agree: 77% ... Disagree: 17%

Well, that's a sample of a very far-ranging survey regarding "Religion in Public Life." Personally, I believe it is a witness of your faith to wish people a "Merry Christmas." It's also very appropriate to add "and Happy Holidays." Why not cover all the bases?


Ron said...

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mrclm said...

Thanks for visiting Ron, and thanks for the link! Your comments are always welcome.

Big Chris