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Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Reason for the Season

Well, the Christmas season is upon us, and even though I promised myself I would not get caught up in the shopping frenzy, the cleaning and decorating frenzy and the cooking frenzy, I am, because I have relatives coming over from this weekend. And I never seem to have enough time or money to do everything that I would like to do. However, in the midst of all the frenzy, I managed to pause for a moment and consider my pastor’s words from last Sunday’s sermon.
He said that corporate is pushing God out of all of its affairs, and it will reach the point where our very freedom to worship may be threatened.

Frightening, but very probable. When you consider that prayer is no longer allowed in schools, a judge was fired for posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, and everywhere you look amidst all the glittering public decorations nothing is mentioned about Jesus Christ, then what he said is a distinct probability. In what other part of the world would someone come up with the idea of calling a Christmas tree a holiday tree? But here in a country that boasts of having been founded under godly principles, our creativity knows no bounds. Celebrating Christmas without mentioning Jesus is like coming to my birthday party and bringing a gift for someone else. That would be a gross insult, wouldn’t it? But that is exactly what we are doing here in America.

In my workplace there is a banner that reads Happy Hanukkah, and lots of pictures of Santa Claus and his reindeer, but nothing about Christmas. Well, I came up with the idea of putting up a little nativity scene with Merry Christmas written over it in my area. I encourage you to do the same, if you can. If you cannot put something up, how about putting something on- a T shirt, pin or some other emblem that would show that you’re celebrating the birth of Jesus. After all, He is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

yma said...

Call me a Grinch and a spoilsport, but historically speaking, Christmas was never about Christ to begin with. It's an amalgam of pagan and worldly traditions upon which people have hung Christian symbology like ornaments on a tree. Christianity is not yet outlawed in this country -- but when and if it is, it will be our privilege to suffer persecution for our Lord as millions of our forefathers have done, as countless others are doing elsewhere in the world, and as Christ Himself prophesied we would. There is no shame in that! Our freedom to post the Ten Commandments (which aren't Christian, but Jewish) or put up a nativity scene or wish others a Merry Christmas is not the issue. Christ is the issue. And no politically correct protocol nor law of any human government can dilute the power of the Gospel of Christ. The only thing that can do that is when we who are called to take the Gospel to the lost become so caught up in demanding our rights to practice our religion, that we neglect to actually PRACTICE it!