‘Christmas is all about Jesus’ signs pushed by pastors

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The Rev. Jimmy Terry has printed thousands more yard signs that read “Christmas is all about Jesus,” and he plans to distribute them across all of Tennessee's 95 counties. Photo by Tony Centonze, for the Leaf-Chronicle, courtesy of USA Today

The Rev. Jimmy Terry has printed thousands more yard signs that read “Christmas is all about Jesus,” and he plans to distribute them across all of Tennessee's 95 counties. Photo by Tony Centonze, for the Leaf-Chronicle, courtesy of USA Today

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Pastor Jimmy Terry of Tabernacle Baptist Church has a mission to make the entire month of December a celebration of Jesus.

  • Jon

    The pastor doesn’t seem to know much history nor scripture.

    Christmas isn’t about Jesus, and never was. It’s a holiday that grew from the Winter Solstice celebrations of light and rebirth that we find in culture after culture, on every inhabited continent the world over.

    If one were to take their scripture seriously, then Christians wouldn’t celebrate Christmas – it’s mentioned no where in scripture, and Paul talks very strongly against celebrating holidays like Christmas, in Galatian 4:10 –

    ***** Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are celebrating special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. ********

    It’s great to see these fun celebrations. Happy…

  • Jon

    Happy Solstihanukwanzaamas! ..

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  • Loren Haas

    Where to start?
    -conflating of christianity with nationalism?
    -conflating proclaiming Jesus with living like Jesus?
    -confusing public education with religious instruction?
    He did speak clearly and to the point about one thing,
    “I attribute the decline to our church leaders, and I am one of them,”
    How about treating everyone (except maybe those who stood on the street corners praying loudly) with love and respect?

  • Larry

    “America should be a Christian nation, Terry said, and America should reflect Christianity the way Muslim nations reflect Islam.”

    This quote is great to bring up the next time some dominionist fundie wants to pretend their views are any different from the Taliban or Daesh.

    The good pastor is saying that democracy and civil liberties are overrated and that theocracy is the best kind of government.

  • Dale

    Correct. Christmas IS a celebration of the Christ. Claims of ‘solistice’, or ‘the wring day’, blah blah blah abound. Totally irrelevant. It is one day set aside to celebrate the birth of the Saviour.
    Correct. It HAS become a day of commercialized excess.
    INcorrect. THe U.S. is not, never has been, and should never be a proverbial ‘Christian’ nation. It is a nation of just about any religion. We should NOT become as many Islam nations have become.
    Theocracy simply does not work.
    It is really that simple.

  • ;)

    Kind of sounds like he’s asking, “What would Muslims do?”

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