A Christmas Card That’s Religious?

Barbara Walters receives a Christmas card from the White House, and finds it interesting that it is religious in tone. I think, from the emphasis she gives to the word “interesting”, she probably means “nearly incomprehensible.”

Of course, what I wonder is, “Would a non-religious Christmas card even make sense?”

If that question doesn’t make sense to you, try reading it out loud, and pronouncing Christmas with a long I.

Another excellent question, that doesn’t seem to have occurred to Barbara Walters as she ponders how an agnostic might react to receiving a religious Christmas card: Why would anyone be offended that a Christmas card was religious? Wouldn’t that be sort of … expected?

What I do find “interesting” myself is that some question why a Christmas card would have a verse from the Old Testament in it. Apparently, Christmas requires a New Testament verse.

Of course, the New Testament is probably made up of about 20% Old Testament by weight, so to speak. That is, try reading the New Testament some time, and making a note of everywhere the Old Testament is quoted. You’ll be amazed how frequently the Old Testament is quoted and expounded on in the New Testament.

The only reason more people don’t realize this is because they don’t know the Old Testament well enough to recognize where it is being quoted in the New Testament.

Other appropriate Old Testament quotations for Christmas:

  • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  • Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
  • Job 19:24-25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

And many, many more.

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