by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
While lighting the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, President Barack Obama said that the “lessons of Jesus Christ” are in not just the lessons of the Christian faith but are in fact “the bedrock values of all faiths.”
“That’s the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on Christmas–a prince born in a stable who taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and that we are our brothers’ keeper and our sisters’ keepers; that we should feed the hungry, visit the sick, welcome the stranger,” Obama said.
“These are the lessons of Jesus Christ,” he said. “But they’re also the bedrock values of all faiths–values to be cherished and embraced not only during the holidays, but to be practiced in our daily lives.”
Here is the complete text of the president’s Christmas tree lighting statement as transcribed by the White House:
Merry Christmas everybody! Thank you, Betty, for that introduction, for your extraordinary service as one of our park rangers, and for all of your–and your great-grandmother’s–contributions to this country. Please give Betty a big round of applause. I want tips from Betty on how I can look that good at 94.
I also want to thank Betty’s boss, Jonathan Jarvis, and for everybody from the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for everything that they do to protect and care for America’s great outdoors –- and for helping us “find our park” this year and every year. And thank you to Reese Witherspoon and each of tonight’s outstanding performers.
Now, this is, of course, the most wonderful time of the year. But we would be remiss not to take a moment to remember our fellow Americans whose hearts are heavy tonight –- who grieve for loved ones, especially in San Bernardino, California. Their loss is our loss, too, for we’re all one American family. We look out for each other in good times, and in bad. And they should know that all of us care about them this holiday season. They’re in our thoughts, they’re in our prayers, and we send them our love.
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