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Mark and Lynn Wivell, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, believe that Jesus is the reason for the season.
So they decided to include a beautiful sign that read, “JESUS” in their outdoor Christmas decorations.
A few days later they received an email from the homeowner’s association asking them to remove the sign. One of their neighbors had complained that the “JESUS” display was offensive.
“We know that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus,” Mr. Wivell told the Evening Sun newspaper. “I was quite shocked it offended somebody, but I guess in today’s world I shouldn’t have been.”
While the neighbor objected to the offensive nature of the sign, the homeowner’s association had a completely different concern. They argued that the “JESUS” display was a sign – and signs are not permitted.
The Wivells said they plan on keeping their decorations in place regardless of what the homeowner’s association mandates.
Over the past few months we’ve heard the Mainstream Media tell us that Christmas is really not a big deal. They’ve tried to discount the meaning of the holiday.
Public colleges and universities have demanded that Christmas be an all-inclusive holiday — and it should be celebrated without religious references or traditions.
Even some government leaders have tried to erase Christmas from the public marketplace — fearing that people might be offended by the true meaning of the Christmas season.
That being said – I want you to know something. I believe Jesus is the reason for the season. And we celebrate the birth of the One who is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
And that’s why I’ve started a new tradition at the Todd Starnes Show. Beginning this Christmas, I will read the Gospel of Luke’s account of the birth of Christ on the radio — verse by verse.
So I hope you will take a moment to our recitation of the birth of Christ — and then enjoy a beautiful song performed on my annual Christmas show by MercyMe.
Merry Christmas, America!