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
The youth pastor, being a Christian, couldn't just let this slide. He had to take a
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.