Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Xmas, Happy Holidays, and Being Jerks During Christmas

I missed out on writing about Halloween this year (one of my favorite holidays) and how participating in "fall festivals", trunk or treat, etc is still celebrating Halloween.

Nope, I sadly didn't get to write about that this year and since the time has passed I want even mention it.

However, I am just in time for Christmas, and thank goodness because there is a war a raging. Apparently, some people say things such as"happy holidays" or "seasons greetings" around this time of year, encompassing all the holidays in one phrase instead of just one holiday that not everyone celebrates. Scandalous I know.

Then there are those who literally take Christ out of Christmas by conveniently writing an "X" in place of CHRIST. (read here why this idea is silly)

So what should a Jesus follower say to a store clerk who has been instructed to say "happy holidays" rather than Merry Christmas as you walk out of the store they are trying to make a Living at?

I heard a youth pastor once tell a story where such a tragic incident happened. He was buying his holiday, sorry, Christmas tree and was on his way out the door when one of the (pagan) workers let out a joyful and boastful, "HAPPY HOLIDAYS, sir". (gasp)

The youth pastor, being a Christian, couldn't just let this slide. He had to take a real stand for Jesus on this one. So he turned around and in a very begrudging voice (think Christian Bale as Batman) said, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" (which sounded much more like "F#*k You Pagan store clerk") and then he proudly proceeded to his vehicle (that was sure to be decorated with some kind of Jesus fish car magnet eating a smaller two legged fish). The christian finished his story and was very proud of how he had handled the situation and how he had really put that employee in their place. Just one more battle won for Jesus in the War on Christmas. He then encouraged his youth to be bold and to follow in his footsteps in keeping Christ in Christmas.

Sorry, but I just don't see Christ in this at all. I see pride and arrogance, but no sign of Christ. Because the Christ I read about in scriptures didn't have anything to prove, he simply loved the people around him. And that seems to me, the best way to "keep Christ in Christmas", by loving those all around us. By celebrating the incarnation by becoming the incarnation... By becoming Christ in flesh. I think Christmas has more to do with that kind of love and much less to do with what greetings we use, what we call the decorated trees in our living rooms, whether or not consumer driven stores use the name of Christ, or what letters we use to spell Christmas. I don't know that Jesus would care about any of that.

So, as Christians, let's keep Christ in Christmas by actually being Christ (rather than a#& h*les) to those around us.

57 comments:

Mindy said...

Love it. thanks, Jacob!

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