Scalise: The Spirit of Christmas
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) penned a column for the Houma Courier calling on all Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas—the spirit of doing good deeds and having kind words for our neighbors—throughout the year. Whip Scalise stressed the importance of this especially when discussing politics. Instead of focusing on division, it's important to reflect on the many things that unite us.
A recent Fox News poll found that 78 percent of voters are "extremely or very concerned" about the state of political division within the country and Whip Scalise continues to be an advocate for solutions to this problem.
Read the full op-ed here or below.
Every Christmas, as we decorate our trees, listen to our favorite carols and prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I am reminded of the magic of this holiday.
Christmas has a special ability to inspire goodwill in all of us, from taking time to help a stranger in need, to showing more appreciation for things we tend to take for granted.
In a year sometimes punctuated by tragedy and division, the Christmas season offers us all time to reflect on our blessings and carry this charitable spirit with us into the new year.
One important way to put this goodwill into action is by committing to each do our part to bring civility back to the political discourse.
I have experienced firsthand the rise in political violence and inciteful rhetoric.
Let us first all agree that this has no place in our system of democracy. In America, we pride ourselves on our hard-fought freedoms. No one should face threats or violence because of their political or religious beliefs.
This Christmas season, let’s all commit to be a part of the solution to this division by spreading unity throughout our communities.
None of us wants to see violence and hatred become the new normal.
We can refuse to accept this, but we must do our part to combat it.
This starts with all of us leading by example in our communities. The holiday season offers us a chance to put this into practice. At our holiday parties and family gatherings, let’s embrace the magic of Christmas and share the love and respect we hold for one another. Instead of stoking conflict by vilifying others for their differences of opinion, let’s remember to keep Jesus in our hearts and be respectful of those differences.
Let’s harness the kindness and charity of the Christmas season to become forces for good throughout the new year.
To create lasting change and bring an end to the hateful rhetoric and violence, we must start now and continue these positive actions into 2019 and beyond.
There is so much more to life than politics, and holidays like Christmas are a solid reminder of the things that are truly important in life, like family and friends.
In the spirit of Christmas, we also should all take time to reflect on the sacrifice others are currently making to protect our freedoms and preserve our ability to celebrate Christmas in peace.
While we gather around warm fires and share the company of our families, we should also keep the men and women of our armed forces and their families in our prayers.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ and take inspiration from the lessons of love and generosity displayed by Jesus, let’s remember blessings like these and reflect on what we hold most dear.
Instead of the constant attention paid to the things that divide us, let’s make an extra effort to focus on the many things that unite us.
As St. Paul once wrote to the Romans, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)
May you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.