The following is the Christmas message from Rev. Dr. Lucille Baird of Mount Zion’s Mission.
When I was a little child, I believed in “Santa” even though he never seemed to find my house at Christmas. Yet, I hoped and hoped every Christmas that he would turn up in the middle of the night leaving me all the presents I had wished for on my list, but I still believe in making a yearly wish list to the one who is the centre of Christmas.
He is the reason why little children are excited and starry-eyed. He’s the reason why adults of all ages and colours, pray with great expectancy. He is the reason why there is that special unique feeling at this time of year.
This Christmas I’m sharing my gift list. My wish for Christmas this year is to see this special feeling of peace on earth, goodwill to all men continue. I wish to see our obvious moral meltdown reversed for the sake of our next generation and a return to the true emphasis on Jesus as the focus of Christmas.
I wish to see our elderly folks taken care of and not abandoned by their friends and family. I wish to see them ministered to all year round, not just given a “food hamper” at Christmas. I wish to see elderly persons given a discount card similar to the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) so that they can have a little ease in the cost of living.
I wish to see less “bashments, wet-fetes, wine-downs and dutty wines” in the New Year. I wish to see the Church and the Ministers of God working together in a cohesiveness that will evolve to the highest level of spiritual authority and power, resulting in the most powerful impact on this spiritually and morally starved society.
I wish this Christmas, to see an end to the controversy surrounding Christmas, and end to the concentrated , collective efforts of “influential” persons abound the world who are trying to totally irradiate Jesus from the Christmas celebration, all in the name of tolerance.
I find it therefore, very difficult to understand why so many persons want to reduce the level of importance and reverence to Christmas, by reducing the emphasis on Jesus; just to involve everyone from every religion in our Christmas celebration. The reasoning behind the removal of Jesus from the Christmas greeting is to accommodate and not offend plurality of faiths.
However, isn’t Christmas the celebration of the birth of Jesus? As a Christian festivity? Why should we suppress our culture in order to celebrate other faiths? I find it difficult to understand why the Nativity Scene will be forbidden from any school hall because it sends the wrong message; that to display it will be akin to religious preference or intolerance of other beliefs.
December 25th is the day that all Christians and most of civilization celebrate the birthday of our King. Christmas would not therefore be changed to become a general celebration. If we are truly intent on celebrating the Christ, it must not be reduced to “Happy Holiday”, “Merry X-mas” or “Seasons Greetings”, just to please a few.
Let the Church of God have their celebration without controversy, let us sing “Joy to the World, the Lord has come, without fear or intimidation. Let’s sing “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus, lay down his sweet head”, without having to check about political correctness. Let us sing “Glory to the newborn King”, without having to check for religious corrections and tolerance. Jesus is the song we sing; “Peace and goodwill towards all men” he’s the true reason why the Prophet Isaiah proclaimed: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the Government shall be upon his shoulder.”
This season is one of the greatest celebrations of the year, let’s maintain it, and let’s pass this spirit if love, good cheer and peacefulness on to everyone we meet, on every day of the year.
This Christmas, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us. Let us hold fast to a tradition that glorifies our Saviour, King and Lord. Hope where there is let’s celebrate Jesus in the way he ought to be celebrated, remembering he is not a babe in the manger, but a very present friend and our soon coming King.
I am very pleased to say: God bless all Barbadians and visitors to our shores: Sincere Christian greetings to all for a very blessed Christmas.