Lights! Camera! Action!
That’s sometimes how I feel when the Christmas season officially kicks off. It seems as if each year society is breathlessly waiting for Thanksgiving to get over with so that lights can go up, shopping can commence, and Christmas songs can dominate the airwaves. With this also comes the annual debate of how much this season should actually be attributed to Jesus. There are those who insist that every religion should be included: Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Festivus, etc. There are those who insist it should be completely secular. Of course, this begs the question, why are we doing all of this in the first place? In the middle are Christians who say, “Wait a minute, this is supposed to be about Jesus!”
Christians get frustrated and upset with corporate policies that ban “Merry Christmas,” or schools that remove references to Christmas on the calendar. We seem to think that society is obligated to recognize the birth of Jesus. But why would we expect a society that is at enmity with God, that mocks or ignores Jesus every other time of year, to suddenly embrace the birth of the Messiah? Let’s dig a little deeper. Why would society take the birth of Jesus seriously when Christians don’t seem to take His birth seriously? We get just as caught up in all of the secular and pagan aspects of Christmas as anybody else. Not only that, how much do we show our faith to the rest of the world any other time of year?
We as Christians should do two things this time of year. First, instead of just expecting or demanding our godless society to recognize Jesus, use this time of year as an opportunity to tell people about Jesus. Sure, many people have heard the birth story, but have they heard it from a believer according to the Bible shared in faith? Second, make it a point to truly honor Jesus in our homes, our church, and our lives. Don’t expect Jesus to share space with popular traditions and stories, many of which actually began as marketing campaigns. Let’s show the world that we take faith in Jesus seriously!
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX