Spirit of Herod
When on Dec. 18, 2012 the Chicopee City Council unanimously passed a resolution requiring the decorated tree in front of City Hall to be called a "Christmas Tree" instead of a "Holiday Tree," many of us in Chicopee rejoiced and eagerly waited to see how the Springfield Republican would trash this noble gesture by our city leaders. The heading of the Dec. 23, 2012 article in the Springfield Republican reads: "Tree lighting sparks outrage."
But there was no outrage. The only outrage came from perhaps two people at the Springfield Republican.
The journalistic ploy behind this headline is to "teach us a lesson" and make it appear that folks all over the Pioneer Valley are up-in-arms, ready to storm City Hall [in] Chicopee. But the headline was just another fib generated by the Springfield Republican.
In that article headlined "Tree lighting sparks outrage" the editors of The Republican apparently scraped-the-sides-of-the-barrel to find a local priest who would say what they wanted said. The priest stated in that article, "Despite the terminology, the Christmas tree has no roots in religion." But the fact is, the Christmas tree sparkles with "roots in religion."
The evergreen tree symbolizes eternity. The tree points upward to the heavens. The star at the top of the tree represents Jesus – the Light of The World. The smaller lights decorating the tree represent the body of Christ, and the editors at the Springfield Republican represent the anti-Christ spirit of King Herod (Matthew 2:13) "… for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
Come on, folks, let's get real. There is nothing new under the sun. What would the Christmas story be without the crafty spirit of King Herod (made possible by the Springfield Republican) swirling around the Pioneer Valley.
Incidentally, several days before the "Tree lighting sparks outrage" article, seven of us at our weekly Bible Study in South Hadley sang "O Christmas Tree" a cappella – sounded pretty good.