Starting in November is the cry of Christians to keep Christ in Christmas. A large portion of Christians refuse to wish someone a Happy Holiday. After all a Happy Holiday greeting is one that doesn’t recognize CHRISTmas.
From bumper stickers and yard signs saying, “We still say Merry Christmas” the evidence is clear that Christians value Christmas and the meaning that it’s represents. The meaning it represents is the birth of our Savior.
Jesus Christ invaded earth, born in stable among other barn animals and then placed in a hog troth to sleep. God sent Christ to be born of a virgin so that whoever would call upon His name would be saved (Romans 10:13). The meaning of Christmas is the starting process of God saving us through the birth of His only begotten Son because of His love for people (John 3:16).
So here’s my suggestion: If you want to keep Christ in Christmas, how about starting with yourself?
The government, socially acceptable organizations, businesses, and other people can refuse to wish you a Merry Christmas. The same people can also remove the nativity from public places. They can remove Christmas from every greeting card on the planet.
But, the one place no one on earth can remove Christ from is your heart. I understand the outrage when the nativity is removed from public places. It is despicable in my view. But having the nativity at the courthouse doesn’t negate the fact that Christ is the reason I celebrate Christmas.
I am not saying that Christians should not pursue the right to have a nativity in public places. We should fight with the same fervor that atheists and “equal rights” groups fight when they try to remove the symbols of Christ.
But here’s what I’m say: How about you and I and all Christians fight to keep Christ in our hearts first, then in public places second?
Are you more likely to pick up the Bible and read what it says first, implementing it into areas of your life? Or are you at the courthouse counter protesting the nativity? It’s easier to jump on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon of “Share this if you believe Christ should be kept in Christmas.” It’s another thing all together to keep Christ in your heart, going from your old ways of doing things to pursuing a life that honors Him.
Keep Christ in Christmas, certainly…But keep Christ in your heart first. We might find that when Christ is in our heart and others see our lives as changed, we might start seeing Him in stores and public places more often.
Christ is the hope of the world. Christmas is the time of year to bring that hope once again to a lost and dying world.
What do you think? Leave me a comment below.