Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Taking Christ Out of Christmas


I thought the title might grab some attention!

It's a popular subject this time of year. There are entire websites devoted to the "cause" of keeping Christ in Christmas. There are lists put out by groups telling you which stores to avoid because they refuse to say "Christmas" on the grounds that it's offensive.

I'm going to submit a different thought. You've been told to fight these companies that are taking Christ out of Christmas...but what are you doing to put Christ IN Christmas?

It seems like a simple question doesn't it?

Today's Scripture choice is
Matthew 10:33 (NKJV) But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

I know there are probably a few people out there bristling right now. "I have NEVER denied Christ!!!" Before you click away, let's look at another definition of deny:
2: to refuse to admit or acknowledge
Do your toes hurt? I know mine did. 

You can passively refuse something. If you don't actively acknowledge that Christ belongs in this season then you are in danger of passively denying him. It can be as simple as a prayer before a meal. You can show the love of Christ by donating your time at a homeless shelter. Sign your Christmas cards "Love in Christ" instead of the standard "Merry Christmas." Read the Christmas Story in the Bible to your children this year. Do Advent activities. Take the focus off of Santa and gifts!!

This year be aware of how you're projecting your faith this season. Is Christ in YOUR Christmas?

2 comments:

  1. You know, it's funny that you mention all the attention to blacklisting stores and such that say "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas. I wonder at the effectiveness of those strategies, however well-intended they may be. You are right, our focus instead should be showing Christ throughout the season -- taking the opportunity to shine that light and teach our children and those around us about the One who came to save the world, not condemn it.

    May your Christmas be blessed!

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  2. I totally agree! Amen sister! When the "x" in Christmas came along, suddenly Christ was removed from the season. We wouldnt have a season if not for Christ. My challenge is for us not only to speak this, but to really live it out. Ive been asking myself if Jesus were here this Christmas, what we he be doing? I want to go hard after Him especially during the hliday season!:) nice post!

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