Christmas lights are not the gospel and it is not the job of the local mall to carry out the Great Commission.
“All this commercialism will not ruin my Christmas” – Charlie Brown
I read the following poem today:
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying,
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas- no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About shepherds and wise men and angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘Holiday’.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks, and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X-Box an I pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken and Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their tress upside down
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
A K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday!
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
Christ is “The Reason” for the Christ-mas Season!
So now according to the poem I am going to try to choose my words carefully.
I started to say that Christmas lights are not the gospel, and it is not the job of the local mall to carry out the Great Commission. I think this poem makes the old American expression of Christmas out to be equated with the gospel and puts the responsibility of proclaiming Christ’s incarnation in the flesh in the hands of American secular commerce.
I am terribly sorry folks but December 25th is not the only day about Jesus. Nor is the time when the radio stations start playing Christmas music until the 25th the only time about Jesus. “From before Abraham was I AM” are the words of Jesus. He has always been and always will be. Thats who God is. The date December 25th is not a God instituted holiday. Nor are Christmas trees biblical, they started out as pagan fertility symbols. So we can continue to fuss about our giant pine male fertility symbols and putting crosses on our pine female fertility symbols all we want, but that is not fighting for the gospel. Being able to say Merry Christmas is not a God given right. But proclaiming the gospel in its entirety is a God given command.
Why in the world do people in the church get so upset when people who don’t know Jesus don’t want to talk about Jesus? Hello! It is not the responsibility of Wal-Mart to proclaim the coming of Christ, it is the job of the church. So do not get angry when the world says Happy Holidays! Fighting over wise men who weren’t actually at the stable when Jesus was born is not worth fighting for. Scripture does not tell us to fight against the authorities, rather they tell us to suffer well. Not that I think having Kwanzaa decorations next to Christmas ones is suffering.
To compare politicians with Reindeer being taken out of Christmas is foolish to say the least. It is not the governments job to proclaim Christ. It is a good thing that we have separation of Church and State to a degree. Because it is a terrible thing we can see from Church History when the State begins to proclaim and enforce a Jesus that isn’t the Jesus of the scriptures.
It is not the job of Christians to force the American holiday of Christmas down the throat of those around them. Rather it is their job to proclaim the gospel unashamedly in its entirety, even through persecution. The gospel is a hill to die on, not Jesus wrapping paper.
I can say with Charlie Brown, commercialism will not ruin my Christmas. Because the American Dream cannot hold water against my Jesus who is worthy of Celebration 24/7 365 and always will be worthy of adoration and praise.