Trump Ends War on Christmas!

No. He didn’t. In case you didn’t see the comments, here they are in all their ignorance. Let’s get a couple things right:

THERE NEVER WAS A WAR ON CHRISTMAS.

THERE ISN’T A WAR ON CHRISTMAS NOW.

Therefore, TRUMP HASN’T ENDED A FAKE WAR ON A HOLIDAY.

Seriously, Christians.

We’re better than this.

First of all, places like Target have been saying “Merry Christmas” since the decorations went up, you know, IN SEPTEMBER (which I have an issue with. C’mon people! Give Thanksgiving some room to breathe!)

Secondly, since the rise of Santa, Christmas has been less about Jesus – with or without retail’s involvement.

Thirdly, when the only difference between a Christian’s Christmas and a non-Christian’s Christmas is the language we use then is there really a difference?

Christians are just as caught up in overspending and getting the right gifts and are as guilty as anyone at keeping Jesus out of Christmas…except in calling it Christmas.

If you want to make Christmas about Jesus might I suggest trying something different?

Maybe don’t get caught up in the consumerism side of the holiday and instead actually consider “How would Jesus celebrate?”

Would Jesus REALLY get angry over the language used to describe the day or would he care more about what you actually do and how you actually behave and how you actually engage with other people?

I believe whole heartedly in having Christ in Christmas. That’s why I try to help others, care for others, and treat others as better than myself because they all matter.

If I’m being honest, I couldn’t care less what you call the day, but what I do care about is how you handle yourself.

And Christians, we’ve been embarrassing ourselves for too long.

Here’s what Jesus’ half-brother has to say on the issue:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things they need for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2.14-17 ESV)

If you’re fighting a battle over language being used then I’m afraid you’re missing the point.

Jesus didn’t die so we could give things proper titles.

He died so that we might have life and spread life.

There is no war on Christmas but even if legislation were passed to outlaw the word “Christmas” there is no legislation that can outlaw decency or treating people with the love and kindness Christ would show them and that is how we keep Christ in Christmas.

Now…can we and will we do it?

 

 

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