View From the Right: Christmas Past! (and present)
By Judy Howard
Christmas Past! (and present)
It was so simple then. Christmas Past! My family was very poor, but we didnt know it until we grew up. In Christmas Past, there were no relief agencies for the needy to give us toys and food. Dad and Mom were our sole providers and caretakers. Somehow, Dad found a Christmas tree, which we all decorated on Christmas Eve. Somehow, Mom and Dad bought hard-shell nuts and fruit for our Christmas Eve stockings. We would even get presentsa dress for my doll, another train car for the boys
train set and, maybe, a canasta game. Somehow, Mom was able to buy a turkey or ham for Christmas dinner.
After Christmas morning church, Grandma and Grandpa, along with some aunts, uncles and cousins, would join us for what we considered a big meal. Grandma and my aunts would bring vegetables, homemade rolls and pies. We had plenty to eat, even though none of us had a lot of money to spend. No one expected a church-related or government-sponsored relief organization to help us out. It was so simple, so loving then. Wonderful memories!!
Christmas Present is foreign to my childhood Christmas past. Christmas Present Moms and Dads, of working families, work all year paying the taxes being divided to satisfy the current redistribution of wealth. Johnsons Great Society has radically changed our nation. More and more healthy, yet non-working, people are fiscally supported by working men and women. Simple Christmases Past are unknown to most people
Our world has become smaller, too. Exploding technology informs us within minutes what is happening on the other side of the world. When Grandpa Peterson told me, as a child, that Iraq/Iran would initiate the final world war with religion as the prime ingredient, I didnt understand what he was talking about. Where and what were Iraq and Iran? What an education I have had in the last decade. Grandpa was right on target.
Now I know that Iraq and Iran, just like todays Afghanistan, both worship Allah, a moon god. Their religion, Islam, divides our world into Dar al-Salaam, House of Peace, and Dar al-Harb, House of War. As expected, Islamists are the House of Peace while Jews and Christians aka infidels, are the House of War. Militant Islamists, more correctly, militant Muslims, hate Christians and Jews. Militant Islam is not a religion of peace. (Read Aurat At-Taubah 9:29). Muslim imam, Ibrahim Madi, said this past June, God willing, this unjust state of Israel, will be erased; this unjust state, the United States, will be erased; this unjust state, Britain, will be erased. (www.aish.com, 12/11/01) Christmas Present sees militant Muslims slaughtering Christian Indonesians, Nigerians, Filipinos and Sudanese, to name a few, while screaming, Allahu Akbar, Allah is great. Arafats Muslims slaughter Israeli Jews. Where are the peace-loving Muslims?
Christmas Past and Christmas Present. Oh, how our world has changed in half a century. I pray our Lord Jesus Christ will bless all of us with His truth, wisdom and peace this present Christmas.
Judy Howard is a wife, mother and grandmother who is politically active in our community.