Source / Courtesy: The Huffington Post
Growing up in an African Methodist Episcopal household as a child (A.M.E. shout out to Richard Allen!), the annual Christmas program was a huge deal. From the flowing red gowns of the female choir members to the gold candles illuminating the sanctuary in a warm glow, the soaring notes of “O Holy Night,” and “Silent Night’ were congregant favorites. Everyone would sway and sing along, celebrating the birth of their one, true savior, Jesus — or Joshua for those people who like to be historically correct. There’s only one small problem:
Dec. 25 is not his birthday. Biblical scholars have debunked the blind belief that Jesus was born on Dec. 25 time and time again. Instead, through scientific, historical and astrological calculations, they’ve pinpointed September of the year 3 B.C. as a more accurate date. But for some reason, as is the case with Easter, creationism and the entire Old Testament, many Christians have wrestled the concept from its origins, even going so far as declaring that people are heathens, ungrateful and unscrupulous for daring to take the “Christ” out of X-mas.