Putting Christ Back in Christmas

Brace yourselves.  The calendar has turned over to December, which means that the inevitable discussion on the “War on Christmas” will soon see its opening salvo for 2013.   

It is inevitable.  There will be an outrage by a prominent figure about how we have lost our moral fabric because as someone was buying gifts with money they don’t have to impress people that they don’t always like, the cashier will commit the unthinkable sin of wishing us a “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

There will be gnashing of teeth as a town or city somewhere will have a “Holiday Parade” rather than a “Christmas Parade” as Tulsa had done several years ago and was subsequently boycotted by one of it’s senators. 

The chorus of those who would profess to be Christians will shout that the “Political Correctness Police” have overstepped yet another boundary and that we should not take the “Christ out of Christmas” as the batch of perceived slights against Christendom freshly reveal themselves for this holiday season.

As a person who would say that Jesus is the most important thing in my life, who has devoted my life to the service of God’s Kingdom, and spends all of my waking moments trying be faithful to that devotion, I have to ask: “What exactly do you mean by putting the ‘Christ back in Christmas?’”

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we recognize that our fellow man is just as much a beloved child of God as we are, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we recognize that the humility of Christ compelled Him to love those who were considered unlovable, served those who were considered unfit to be served, took on the unwanted task of washing the disciples feet, and bore the punishment that we deserved by willingly accepting the cross, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas.  

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we understand that our empty words of proclaiming the gospel without demonstrating God’s love for people through service and social justice is the modern day equivalent of a noisy gong or clanging cymbal, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas.

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we understand our actions of service and social justice fall short of the Great Commission because we fail to connect the dots to the reason why we serve thus making us a disorganized version of Habitat for Humanity, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we realize that Christ did not die on the cross and raise for the dead so we can fulfill a self-imposed sense of ritualism or obligation by attending weekly services but rather He wants, demands, and deserves to have our lives serve as living sacrifices, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we abandon our perceived and petty outrages and focus on actual instances of persecution, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we quit trying to make certain words and phrases are said by our politicians, retailers, and public figures and remember that God is more concerned with our heart, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we encourage our spiritual leaders to be less concerned about the institution of the church and more concerned about the mission of the church, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If by putting Christ back in Christmas you mean we separate the false doctrine of linking monetary success to God’s blessing and remember that in God’s economy the needy are provided for and those who do not depend on God are made poor, then let’s put the Christ back in Christmas. 

If our plan is to do anything less than this, then the only thing that I have to say is this: Happy Holidays. 

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About larsenphillip

I'm an imperfect disciple of Jesus Christ. I am learning that my walk with Jesus gets deeper when I drop the presumptions that I have and simply follow him. I get frustrated when people put God in a box, and presume to know how He will reach individuals, work in peoples lives, and advance His kingdom. If Tony Campolo or Jim Wallis were to call me and ask me to work for them for free...I probably would. I think one day I'll write a book, and I am a nut for STL Cardinal baseball.
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2 Responses to Putting Christ Back in Christmas

  1. joekay617 says:

    Well said Phillip. Thank you for this.

  2. Pingback: Putting Christ Back Into Christmas | The Vindication of Verbosity

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