“Happy New Year!”
The greetings had quickly switched from “Happy Holidays!” to “Happy New Year!” as soon as Christmas passed. Of course, the politically correct police and woke crowd has averred that the phrase “Merry Christmas!” is offensive and insensitive to non-Christians so the generic “Happy Holidays!” is now used.
But what about “Happy New Year!”? Surely this could not offend? Much to my dismay, I soon learned if one does not follow the Gregorian calendar, most commonly used in Western countries, it may be deemed insensitive to wish someone a happy new year when their new year abides by a different calendar and timeline. Just to cite a few examples, there are Chinese, Jewish, Persian and Islam calendars-all celebrating different a different new year.
I am stymied! Even wishing someone a happy new year can be deemed offensive. It is quite likely that nothing anyone can ever say or do that will be inflammatory to someone. My sentiment and I suspect the vast majority of others who state this are simply wishing happiness for the recipient in the coming new year. Yet, the intention, however noble, is misconstrued and buried under the banner of inclusiveness. What is next? No wishing someone a “Happy Birthday”?
It is increasingly difficult to socially navigate the numerous cultural and ethnic road signs, some of which may give contradictory messages. It is important for everyone to be inclusive and sensitive to all traditions and religions. Over thousands of years, humankind’s pathways have diverged but there is one common link. We are all descended from the same ancestors, Adam and Eve. Whether we chose to acknowledge this Truth does not change this fact.
May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
Psalms 20:4 (ESV)
God created us and desires to bless us, exceedingly and abundantly, for every new year and for eternity. God does this in many ways but the plan that He desires for all is to confess and repent of our sins and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. This is the message that I want to send to all who are willing to listen.
For whatever day you celebrate it…Happy New Year!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.