My View From The Country

With No Political Correctness, I Wish You A Merry Christmas

I hope during the coming gift-giving season that we take time to reflect on the greatest gift of all – the birth of Jesus Christ.

One thing I love about the people at BEEF is that they don’t operate the way most folks do in this age of political correctness. The BEEF editors have never dictated to me what could or should be said. In fact, they even print my opinion pieces when they think I’m 100% wrong.

I bring this up to illustrate that I’m kind of known for being willing to express my opinion. However, for some reason, when it comes to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I admit that I’m tempted a bit to bow to political correctness and not offend anyone. I’m embarrassed that those thoughts probably affect what I say and how I say it, and I can’t help but wonder what it says about America in general.

So here it goes – I would like to wish you all a merry, merry Christmas. I hope it is a time when you can reflect on the greatest gift of all – the birth of Jesus Christ. I hope you spend it with family and friends, and that all the hustle and bustle fades away for a little while and you can just feel close to God and family. I also hope you have some traditions that will ignite the fondest memories of Christmas past, and that those feelings will remind you throughout the year about what is truly important.

I have never been ashamed about being a rancher, about loving my traditional family, or about needing, having and enjoying a personal relationship with God. But I probably haven’t always stepped forward and proclaimed those beliefs loud enough; perhaps held back by the feeling that I might offend someone.

I hope you all have a glorious Christmas filled with family, love and closeness with God. We are terribly fortunate to live the lives we do; it would be a shame to not proclaim that joy! Merry Christmas.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 13

Poock Family (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you for wishing us a Merry Christmas. Jesus is the greatest gift and, like your family, His birth is what we celebrate at this time as well. So, in return may you and your family have a Merry Christmas.
Scott, Angie, Melanie, Maria, and Katy

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

And all the people said, "AMEN!".

Lloyd Nelms (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you! It's nice to there are people who still show appreciation for all the things I hold dear...God, family, and ranching! I very much enjoy BEEF magazine. Thank you also for acknowledging that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus savior.

Glenn J. (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you and may you and your family have a Merry Christmas as well.

Anonymous from MO (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you!
We should never be ashamed of being a farmer, and even more important, we should never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!
Merry CHRISTmas to you too!

Loren Zabel (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

I am glad you stepped up and told your readers how you feel and the importance of our beliefs! May you and your family have a meaningful and Merry Christmas. God bless! Loren

JSB (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Thank You Troy! for proclaiming Christ in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity.

Larry Deen (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Merry Christmas Troy to you and your family. And always remember the reason for the season. Christ Jesus's birth.

Robert Dunkle (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

I am glad to know of someone who is not afraid to acknowledge their relationship with Christ in a public venue. We should all remember and support Phil Robertson receiving such criticism, and being suspended from the Duck Dynasty show for making a statement that was, virtually, verbatim from the Bible. I, personally, am not enamored by the show, but I am raising two grandsons who think it is the best show on tv. Nevertheless, it is interesting that people speaking Bible and defending Christian principles are put down by the media, but those who attack Christianity appear to be hailed as heroes by the media. IMO, our rights to free speech are being attacked as much by the media as by the government. I say to h_ _ l with political correctness! People need to hear the truth. Thank you for the article. It helps remind us of how fragile our freedom of speech truly is.

on Dec 20, 2013

Troy .. may you and your family have a blessed and joyous Christmas. Thank you for standing up for your faith. In this age of darkness, it is good to find some people willing and worthy to stand for truth. God bless all the readers of Beef magazine from my wife, Wendy and me. We are imports from Australia now living and pastoring a cowboy church in Midwest Illinois. I have been a cattle rancher/dairyman until we moved to the States in 2002, so my heart is with the cattleman.

Mac McBride (not verified)
on Dec 20, 2013

Merry Christmas to you too! It is not said enough.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 21, 2013

Everything needs a benchmark to measure back to so you can refocus, that is what Christianity is to mankind. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Alvin Kaddatz (not verified)
on Jan 3, 2014

I liked your article. I thought it was a great article & reflected the true meaning of Christmas.
May God Bless You.
Alvin Kaddatz

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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