Let’s make a pact. Let’s do it now while it’s still early. I mean right now.
Let’s make a promise to abstain from the following phrases or even engaging in conversations about said phrases:
- There’s a War on Christmas
- Keep Christ in Christmas
- Jesus is the Reason for the Season
We’ve got to get a handle on this before it gets out of hand. It’s already starting to ramp up and we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving yet. I’ve recently heard Bill O’Reilly and Pat Robertson talking (separately) about it and anytime those two are on the same page you know you’ve got a recipe for trouble (and plenty hot air). It needs to stop now.
How do you put a stop to this annual bemoaning? First, just pretend you’re at Hogwarts and these phrases are to be treated just like mentioning He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. We won’t speak of it. If you hear someone else bring it up, first go with polite shush. Then, if they continue, feel free to slap them across the face and say “NO!” like you would scold your dog after you caught him peeing on the carpet. I’m just kidding. Well, sort of.
It’s always the same story. Someone can’t display a Christmas tree here or a plastic baby Jesus there. Then the Christians get up in arms about their rights being violated. I would like to present you with an alternative viewpoint and ask: Does it really matter? Does that glowing nativity on your front lawn really what God meant when said in Matthew 5:16, “let your light shine before others…” Is this really about your Christian faith or is it more about your traditions? This whole argument is a waste of time and gives Christians yet another reason to get riled up and blame culture for secularizing this most sacred of commercialized holidays.
Tis the season for Christians to miss the point. Let me ask you this: can anyone take away your devotion to Christ? Or to put it a different way: how much of your holiday season actually revolves around Christ? Is Jesus the reason you’re standing those long lines on black Friday? You can’t have it both ways. It’s either Christ or commercialization. I think that the latter closer embodies our traditions. So just leave the atheists alone. This issue isn’t about them.
If you want to truly celebrate the birth of Christ, go out and follow his commands. Care for the poor, the widow and the orphan. Seek justice where there are people being oppressed. Offer hope to the hopeless. Give of yourself to others. Finishing the verse from Matthew I stated before, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Celebrate Christ this Christmas (and the rest of the year) with your actions by embodying Christ to those around you. That is what matters most.