A Politically Incorrect Christmas in Baghdad
Walking the streets of Washington DC leading up to Christmas, I have come across a most interesting phenomenon..
Nowhere, and I mean absolutely nowhere, is Jesus to be found!
It is truly amazing!
Extensive Christmas decorations are everywhere, in the stores, on the streets, wherever you turn it is Christmas!
I started to talking to people and asking them the simple question, Isn't Christmas celebrating the birthday of Jesus?
The answers I got were quite amazing.
Literally everybody I talked to, paused and said, “You know; you’re right - it is supposed to be His birthday. What happened to Jesus?"
Imagine if you had a birthday.
Your friends all came over, they partied, they ate, they exchanged presents and everybody acted as if you didn't even exist.
Well, after a few minutes of that, you would stand up and say, “Hey! It's my birthday!“
As I began to talk to people, dozens of them, I started to get angry.
No matter what faith, creed, color - and you can find just about anything in Washington - they agreed. It just wasn't right!
Christmas, celebrating the birthday of Jesus and amazingly there appears to be a very studied attempt to completely ignore Him.
Well, contrast that to Baghdad. I am an Assyrian Christian and my family is originally from the Iraqi village of Mahmoudi in Northern Iraq.
I was there during Saddam’s time and remember the sheer terror that reigned 24 hours a day. The constant fear that you could be hauled off by one of his goons and never seen again.
Well in Iraq thanks to our failed policies the poor Iraqis have not learned yet that you are supposed to ignore Jesus on Christmas.
Sponsored by the Iraqi Government -- no separation of Church and State here -- there was a special Christmas Celebration in downtown Baghdad.
Guess what was the main attraction?
A huge Christmas tree topped by a Star?
A massive Santa Claus?
Nope! They had a huge picture of you got it, Jesus!
There it was! A huge, beautifully painted color painting of Jesus, the center of the Christmas celebration - a huge four or five story high massive picture of our Savior in downtown Baghdad!
The Iraqi Government spokesman took it all one step further when he announced on behalf of the Iraqi Government, “All Iraqis are Christians today” and amazingly declared Christmas “Jesus day” commemorations His precious birthday!
Did I miss something?
No, I didn't.
After a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister on behalf of the Assyrian Christians, the indigenous people of Iraq, I paused and said, Prime Minister, would you mind if I prayed for you?”
He beamed, ordered all his beefy, confused security guards who were surrounding us, to bow their heads and we had a wonderful time of prayer.
Meeting later with Iraqi President on the same subject, I asked the question again. This time he pointed to his chest and said, “I just had surgery on my heart - pray here!“
I thought to myself what kind of a reception I would get on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, or a dozen other Government Agencies, after a meeting, if I asked, “Would you mind if we had a word of prayer together?”
There would be with a few exceptions a cold silence, mass panic or a plain, straight `no`!
Well, Washington, and all of us this Christmas can learn something from the poor, politically incorrect Iraqi Government!
As every Iraqi Government official says so proudly they have been liberated and now celebrate Christmas the way it should be with a huge picture of Jesus whose birthday Christmas is!
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May God bless them all and may He call us back to our senses before it is too late.
Of all times in the middle of an economic crisis it is not the time to make the birthday guest upset!
How stupid can you get!
Christmas is the birthday of Jesus and the Iraqis got it right - put Him up front and center!
The Iraqis at least know that much!
They need Him and all the blessings they can get!