Reality check: Christmas is a minor church celebration with minimal biblical support that has been blown way out of proportion by the very ones who insist that people are taking Christ out of Christmas.
I’m on a rant again–which I suppose is nothing new to those who know me. But it’s true: I’m going to gag if I hear one more time, “We’ve got to put Christ back in Christmas.”
Really? Is God so powerless that God needs us puny humans to muster a defensive army to preserve the Creator, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords?
I’m all for loving God and working out my salvation with fear and trembling. But defending God? This is the kind of stuff that leads to rampantly destructive religious wars and leaves the landscape soaked in the blood of others who were also defending God but whose weapons were less advanced.
But the powerful Jeffress and his minions use their billion dollar church base (OK, slight exaggeration) to shame businesses and civic organizations into saying exactly what these self-appointed “correct” ones have decided is the best way to offer greetings and display decoration this time of the year. “Happy Holidays” is out. “Season’s Greetings” earns a spot in the fifth or sixth circle of hell. Generic seasonal decorations without overtly Christian themes suffer major condemnation by these denizens of Christmas Correctness.
Furthermore, how many of those Christmas Correct folks are themselves guilty of misusing the season? Christmas trees have a pagan base. Wise men do NOT show up the night of the birth, and we don’t know how many there were. Christmas programs highlighting a nasty inn-keeper who heartlessly sent the already laboring Mary and her bewildered husband to a lonely, dirty and cold stable do not reflect well what happened at that time.
I need to stop my own “grinchness” here. Christmas has never been my favorite holiday. I think we kill ourselves during this time, as we run from our pain and our darkness with frantic activity and make ourselves miserable with forced merriness and unhealthy eating, sleeping, partying and spending patterns. I wonder how many will say on Christmas Eve, “Nope, can’t make it to church because it will interfere with the meal preparation or I still have to buy and wrap one more gift.”
It’s time to find peace. That’s what the angels announced to those lowly and despised shepherds. Peace. This world sorely needs it. Peace. A time to reconcile with others and with God. Peace. Peace, my friends.