Ok, let’s settle down.
It’s Christmas, so expect the obligatory Christmas greeting from government officials. It’s just the nice thing to do.
It’s really nice when they don’t toss in any partisan sniping or blatantly sacrilegious tripe.
That goes for both liberals and conservatives (or whatever the Republican party is, these days).
I must say, however, that it’s rather odd to see leftists as the ones acting as the guardians of piety and respect for both the sacred meaning of the Christmas season, and our republic.
So what’s the latest?
A Christmas message from the Republican National Committee set off waves of faux outrage from the left.
What did it say and was it really that bad?
“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said in the statement.
“Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.”
I have no problem with the first half of the statement. It was fine. A Savior was indeed given to us over 2000 years ago.
That second part, however, is setting leftists’ heads on fire.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 25, 2016
So do they have reason to be outraged?
It’s Christmas, so I’m going to be generous.
If the liberals currently losing their collective minds over this are correct, then shame on Priebus and Day. God will deal with them, in due time, just as He will with any who mock Him and deny His deity.
But what if they’re wrong and they’re only seeing this through partisan eyes?
An equally likely scenario is that this was a hastily crafted message, and very little thought was put into the wording.
As it reads, at first blush, it’s quite unfortunate. I’m more disgusted that they couldn’t give the name of Jesus, which would have solved the problem with that single line.
Instead of saying, “the good news of a new King,” they could have said, “the birth of Jesus” and it’s a problem that would not have gotten as far on social media as it has.
In the interest of grace and the Christmas spirit, let’s go with that.
They could have worded it better. They were not literally calling Trump a new king. They were drawing the line of familiarity between this Christmas and the first Christmas.
That’s what I’m going with, at least.
And if liberals don’t care about insulting Christians or acknowledging Jesus the other 364 days of the year, it really is rather disingenuous for them to be up in arms about it, now.