We Christians sure do flip the script on about everything imaginable – and alienate the world from Christ in the process.
Here’s the story, friends…I am just tired of hearing about people saying that companies and the government are taking Christ out of Christmas. That’s outrageous! Christ has been out of most of our Christmases for a LONG TIME! The fact that the language is just catching up to that fact is almost irrelevant. Our country isn’t interested in celebrating Christ this Christmas because they don’t care about Christ. I’m not afraid to say that Jesus is the only way to heaven – for all people. No other religion more perfectly handles the problem of justice and love than our God does through Christ. Sin is removed and the way to eternal life realized through Him. But most in our country don’t believe that. And it is OUR faults. We don’t love our neighbors. Most of the time, we don’t even KNOW our neighbors.
Angry because the Ten Commandments have been taken down? Maybe it’s because WE haven’t kept the Greatest Commandment and loved the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We probably don’t even know HOW to do that? We know TO do it, but now HOW to do it. (Incidentally, one way I’m sure we do it is by obeying Jesus’ commands – John 14:15).
Frustrated that school-sanctioned prayer is no longer allowed? Can’t believe that the phrase “under God” is being challenged in our Pledge of Allegiance? We are right to say our country was founded on Christian principles, but our country is following the pattern of most western European countries and becoming post-Christian.
We bellyache about how too many people are politically correct at Christmas time, refusing to say Merry Christmas or calling Christmas trees “holiday trees.” LET IT GO!!! Jesus didn’t come so that we could celebrate Christmas. He didn’t come so we could post placards in every public space with the Ten Commandment on them. Jesus didn’t come so we could print “under God” on our money. Jesus didn’t come so everyone in a school would pray at a certain time during the day. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). THAT is the mission He gave us (Matthew 28:19-20).
It doesn’t make a difference if the government makes laws we disagree with. The fact is this: people’s hearts do not beat with God’s anymore. People are prideful, insolant, and greedy. We don’t need laws. We need the Lord to change people’s hearts around us – including our own! A person in love with Jesus doesn’t want to have an abortion. A person in love with Jesus prays wherever they want. A person in love with Jesus is just thankful to HAVE money. A person in love with Jesus extends love to the person who disagrees about issues of Christmas (the tree, Nativity scene, etc.).
Israel’s history saw it over and over again – when the hearts of the people changed, so did the entire fabric of society (i.e. high places torn down, God worshiped, holiness pursued). We have a government by the people. When the people’s hearts change, so, too, does the government.
I’m making this point: No one is “ruining” Christmas. Not the government, not other people. We get bent out of shape over so much – things that are only symptoms of a bigger problem: we live in a land where people don’t love God. So tell me: how much of a public witness for Christ are YOU? Until we feel comfortable answering that question, I don’t think we should lament anything other than the fact that we are failing to be ambassadors for our Savior. Christ didn’t bellyache and protest. He prayed and put Himself in people’s lives. But we must know better than He. There are some mighty big logs in our eyes right now.