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A few months ago, my younger brother was pickup by the police for questioning in relation to a crime he had nothing to do with.

Apparently there were two guys which my brother usually hangout with in the community. According to him, they were just his childhood friends. But to everyone else they were known for stealing, and dealing drugs from the parents homes.

These guys were eventually busted after a week long undercover police string operation. AT the time my brother thought that the whole situation was hilarious because it wasn’t to long ago one of his other friends was pickup by the police for possession of marijuana with intend to sell.

The laugh ended when he was arrested, and interrogated by the police for nearly eight hour straight. The policemen were convinced that my brother was a drug dealer too, partly because my brother’s lifestyle mirrored the lifestyle of the drug dealer; and the fact that he associated with these guys regularly made him a bon-a-fide drug dealer. Of course, my brother wasn’t no drug dealer, but that didn’t seem to matter to the officers. He was guilty by association.

Too many times we judge people, and presume that they’re guilty of something just by the people they associated themselves with. I’m not condone keeping bad company, but it’s time we give up this type low-level thinking in our Dominican society. Whatever happen to the saying that everyone is innocent until proven guilty?

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The traditions surrounding Christmas stir warm feelings in the hearts of many—young and old alike—all over the world. Families come together. Shoppers go into a shopping frenzy. Kids await the day they’ll receive their presents.

There is no other time quite like it, maybe that’s why for most people it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The attachment people feel to these days isn’t surprising. After all, these traditions have been going on for hundreds of generations. Consider the following description in the Bible:

“For one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jer. 10:3-4)

. That description, clearly describing a Christmas tree, recorded hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

Most people simply follow the customs of their family, region or nation without knowing where those customs originated or why they are kept. Most never ask about the origins of Christmas, why people exchange presents on this day, or even whether this holiday really represents the birth of Jesus Christ, after whom it is named!

What does God think of Christmas? Does the Almighty God command its observance? If not, does He forbid that we partake in it?

I’m curious to hear your opinion in the comment field below.

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