True, it is Christmas, and the subject of whether or not Christmas trees are wooden idols is a subject hot on the lips of the news anchors at MSNBC. When the daily meeting on the next way they were going to ‘get’ Sarah Palin turned back to the inevitable question about Christmas trees – whether or not Jeremiah 2-4 calls them idols – a veritable meeting of the minds exploded into a brainstorm.
Joy Reid was summoned by MSNBC to make the attack happen on air, and the rest is history. Unfortunately, it’s just not Biblical history. As Newsbusters points out about the cherry-picked Jeremiah verses, BillyGraham.org says:
These verses, however, do not apply to Christmas trees, but they do condemn the idolatry practiced in Jeremiah’s day. God’s people were following the customs of the heathen who cut down trees, shaped the wood into idols, decorated them with silver and gold ornaments, and worshiped them as gods.
That’s too bad. But you’d think the folks at MSNBC would be more careful. The last time someone attempted to make a phony historical analogy about Sarah Palin, it led to him leaving the network.