Every Christmas season there is a deluge of complaints by evangelical Christians and some Roman Catholics that the religious aspects of the season are missing in our shopping malls, banks, and sometimes in the public squares of the United States.
I enjoyed the Nativity crèche that was in my local bank and often in the shopping mall and think that such a display is not any expression of Christian superiority or oppression.
Multiculturalism entails tolerance and all displays of cultural identity are an important part of acceptance and respect.
At the same time, Christians should object to the lack of ethics of our economic system in our financial institutions and retail establishments. Instead of complaining of the lack of recognition in our shopping malls at Christmas, Christians should object to products sold that are made by child laborers or prison labor made in foreign lands We should object to the production of unsafe products sometimes made with little regard to the environment. Christians should demand that workers can organize at Wal- Mart and other retail establishments.
Christians should object to the usurious interest rates charged by the retail establishments. Our financial establishments also do not meet the standards of a just and equitable standard set by the Abrahamic religions of which Jesus also preached. Do we celebrate our traditions only by viewing a romantic display of a humble birth?
Our New Year resolution, regardless of our belief system, should be to commemorate our own tradition by demanding justice.