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The So-Called War on Christmas

Each year, about this time, there’s a war on Christmas, and apparently some people are angry about it.

I see people getting upset over the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Nevermind the etymology; the word “holiday” comes from the Old English word for “holy day.”

Or, they get upset about the use of “Xmas” instead of Christmas. Well, it seems those folks are ill-informed as well. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word for “Christ.” For centuries, X has been used for “Christ.”

Still there are others who are upset that a select group of people want to remove a Nativity scene from the local court square. I understand that this is about the principle; this is about the world’s desire to secularize the holiday. But, I can assure you, even in places where this happens, Christmas will not be cancelled. We still have the opportunity to personally recognize the gift God gave the world more than 2,000 years ago, and no government or group can change that.

The simple fact we must understand is this: the world doesn’t look to Jesus for its celebration of Christmas. It has Santa, trees, gifts and the Griswolds. That will not change. I believe it’s our job, not to fight the war on Christmas necessarily, but instead to live our own lives in a way that is worthy of what Christmas is about in the first place.

There’s no denying that our country – and world – is increasingly unfriendly to Christianity. But, if you know Jesus and read the Bible, you knew this would happen. Instead of being appalled when non-Christians act like non-Christians, perhaps we should be more appalled when Christian people fail to act like Christian people.

My wife and I were just talking the other day about how convicting it can be when those we know who are far from God act more like Jesus than we do.

I, for one, don’t feel called to fight for a plastic baby Jesus at the city park. I’d rather make sure those under my own roof know Him, and those I interact with see Him in me. As parents, it’s our duty that our children see Christmas for what it is, not what the world says it should be.

There’s a quote I’ve seen a few times making the rounds on Facebook, and I love it. “Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”