I see the war on Christmas in the reduction of SNAP benefits to millions of families, maintaining the status quo of hunger. I see the war on Christmas in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, maintaining the status quo of sickness. I see the war on Christmas in the systematic destruction of Public Housing in Chicago, maintaining the status quo of housing insecurity and homelessness. I see the war on Christmas in the battles against raising the minimum wage, maintaining the status quo of poverty. I see the war on Christmas in “get tough on crime” policies that incarcerate Americans at unprecedented rates and in the denial of basic rights to those who have been imprisoned and “paid their debt to society.” I see the war on Christmas in the break up of families through deportation and the unwillingness to fix a broken immigration policy. I see the war on Christmas in the continued drumbeats of those who call for the use of lethal force and war to bring peace to the earth.
-Pastor Bruce Ray, Kimball Avenue Church
Being the last day of “the 12 Days of Christmas” today, I thought we should revisit some poignant points regarding what Christmas should stand for and what the world has lost by glossing over Advent and the holiday season with consumerism.
For full context, read the whole sermon.
There is no better reason to not do something
There is no better reason to try
There is no better reason to fight
Against tyranny and strife
Removal is often the goal
Removal is often the challenge
Removal is often not enough
To completely fix what hangs in the balance
But it can bring about great change
But it can bring light
But it can bring great joys
In the darkness of the night
And so I live with friction
And so I live with what is hard
And so I live with what I love
But I stay upon my guard