The war on Christmas. Really?

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Christmas, love, Me and people

Say-No-Christmas_Jesus4Would Jesus respond to a “happy holidays” with a stern “Merry CHRISTmas!”?

I was thinking, would Jesus be so adamant and combatant, as some Christians today are, in reference to the Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas?

Think about it. Although obviously there was no Christmas celebration in Jesus’ days, there was The Passover.

The Passover, unlike our Christmas celebration, was actually instituted and commanded by God himself (Exodus 12). The Passover, unlike our Christmas, was not a Christian adaptation or application of a Biblical idea, to an already existent pagan tradition. The Passover was actually a commemoration -to-the-date, of an exclusive and unique Jewish celebration. In fact, The Passover was not only a remembrance of an event 1,300 earlier, but a prophetic picture –a shadow, of Jesus Christ himself (1 Corinthians 5:7).

There were also, two major groups of religious people who celebrated The Passover in different times. The Pharisees were a more conservative group that tended to follow the scriptures literally, believed that a day began with sunrise, and celebrated The Passover first (see Matthew 26:18-20).

The Sadducees, on the other hand, were a more liberal non-miracles believing group of priests, calculated days from sunset to sunset, and therefore celebrated The Passover the next day (see John 18:28).

Now, I could be way off in my conclusion, but, think about this. There is a group of people who are celebrating a God-ordained-Jesus-symbol holiday the wrong day, and we don’t have record of Jesus giving them a hard time or correcting them. He just observed it himself and didn’t make a big deal about it.

How much less should we perhaps care, for a Christian-man-adapted-to-pagan-tradition?

Please don’t get me wrong. I like Christmas. The gifts, the lights, the days off, family time, the food, and on and on…. But most than anything for the great opportunities it brings to show and tell others about Christ (our most important goal). However, when we take a defensive or hostile position towards a presumably anti-Christian or anti-Christian action (undeniably more prevalent in this growing secularized society), are we reaching people for Christ? Are we mending bridges and sowing relationships that will lead to opportunities to witness? Or, are we just fighting and –at best winning a battle, at worst losing a war?

With our attitude and “Merry Christmas” or “happy solstice”, are we bringing the cashiers, clerks and waitresses closer to a relationship with God? or farther away from Him?

Whose battle are we fighting?

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Comments
  1. Darrell Pruitt says:

    Sadly, many Christians expect non-believers to act like believers. I’m afraid some folks who might listen to us about the Lord if we showed them love and grace, shut us out permanently when we display toward them an attitude that’s anything but…..

  2. hebron1212 says:

    I think these verses may apply: 2 Cor 6:3-10 — “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (NKJV)

    Emphasis on “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.” and “by kindness….”

    And the funny thing about the “Commies” graphic is that the early church actually practiced communism (Acts 4:32), and young Jews still practice it to an extent in the form of the Kibbutz.

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