- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee pastor says he is using yards signs as a way of reminding people to keep Christ in Christmas.

Pastor Jimmy Terry of Tabernacle Baptist Church told The Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1IqIA5P) that he wants to put 10,000 signs up on private properties in Montgomery, Cheatham, Houston, Stewart and Dickson counties in Tennessee and in the cities of Oak Grove, Guthrie and Hopkinsville in Kentucky.

Terry says the holiday is becoming more and more about materialism. The signs he began distributing on Dec. 1 say the true meaning of Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus.

“We have lost the meaning of Christmas throughout the entire world, and when I say ‘we’ I mean Christians. Christmas is no longer about Jesus Christ. It’s all about materialism. These yard signs are just one way we can help keep Christ in Christmas.”

He said the day should be revered.

“It is a holiday, but first and foremost, it is a holy day. Christmas is not supposed to be about Black Friday and the success of America’s retail stores.

“But, that is what Christmas is all about and has been for too long. The public is obsessed with buying that ideal gift for someone. That is deeply troubling to me,” Terry said.

Terry says donations paid for the cost of printing the signs, which are free to the public, though contributions are being accepted. Volunteers are helping him place the signs at businesses and churches throughout the area. Meanwhile, residents are invited to come by and pick up signs for their yards.

“My prayer is that all of us will be as one in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, and remain as one throughout the entire year. That is what Jesus calls us to do.”


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, https://www.theleafchronicle.com

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