The (True) War on Christmas – Part 2

Posted: December 20, 2011 in america, controversy, Jesus, misc

Skye Jethani writes (emphasis mine):

The New York Times conducted a survey of Christmas sermons in 1931 and reported a common theme: “the suggestion that Christmas could not survive if Christ were thrust into the background by materialism.” Another popular sermon of the period railed that Advent had become little more than a “profit-seeking period.”

Sermons about the pagan origins of Christmas or the danger of rampant materialism in Christ’s name are unlikely to be heard today. In recent years the dominant message heard from the Christian community during the holiday season has been precisely the opposite. Today, it seems many Christians are offended when unchecked materialism in December is not explicitly associated with Christ. The irony.

Since 2005, Fox News has deployed its minions to wage their war on the “War on Christmas,” and the American Family Association has pushed for a boycott of stores for not using the words “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal marketing. Like many public institutions, some retailers opt to use the inclusive phrase “Happy Holidays” which these groups interpret as a slam to Jesus Christ- the real “reason for the season.”

It amazes me that in less than a century Christians have gone from opposing over-consumption at Christmas to demanding it be done in Christ’s name alone.

He’s absolutely right.  The “war on Christmas” has nothing to do with the way we express our warm-wishes.  Far more harmful than any campaign to take Christ out of Christmas by a few liberals at the ACLU is when Christians act (and talk) like this holiday is primarily about stuff, singing “Silent Night” all the way to the nearest shopping center.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus.  It is the church’s memorial to the day that the infinite God of the universe humbled himself and became finite man, an event that J. Gresham Machen called “a stupendous miracle.”  And yet we so often turn our attention away from our glorious King…even in the midst of loudly proclaiming the importance of His name.

That’s the (true) war on Christmas.  Let’s stop fighting it.

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