The Trouble with Christmas

So it’s the Christmas season and the annual holiday wars swarm all around us. Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays. Jesus versus Santa Claus. The Reason for the Season versus Commercialism.

This may get me in a lot of trouble because this is most definitely not christian-politically-correct.

If you have any doubts, I am a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Christ-loving, Holy Spirit- dependent christian. My political views are very conservative and line up best I know how with the Bible.

But the battles I described above are enough to drive me crazy.

I don’t have a problem with someone, particularly a store, telling me Happy Holidays. Yes, I prefer they tell me Merry Christmas. But I’m a christian who celebrates Christ’s birth and that phrase is appropriate. If a stranger on the street wants to wish me well in December, Happy Holidays doesn’t offend me. They don’t know if I celebrate Christmas, or Hanukkah, or New Year’s, or nothing at all.

Of course, I must also add that it wouldn’t offend me if someone wished me Happy Hanukkah. And I would expect them to be just as gracious when I reply, “Merry Christmas.”

I suppose the bottom line for me goes back to an old cartoon I saw many years ago. It showed two stone forts, each well armed, one belonging to the Kingdom of God and one belonging to the Kingdom of Satan. The people in the Kingdom of God were firing shots aimed all over Satan’s fort, labeled with little things like “Won’t advertise Merry Christmas” as well as big things like “Death Penalty”.

Satan’s weapons? Best I can remember there was just one, and all strikes were aimed at the foundation of the Kingdom of God’s fort: Disbelief.

You see, if people don’t believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Bible, then what does it matter in eternity’s perspective if they place “Merry Christmas” prominently in their store?

If they are growing spiritually and seeking out God’s best for their family’s lives, then what does it matter if their kids believe in Santa?

If God and Christ and the Holy Spirit are first, then the rest will work itself out. If they are not first, then we have a bigger problem to address than commercialism.

What one thing in December bothers you most? Can you find God in it?

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