Well, the X-Mas season is now upon us since Thanksgiving is over. The streets and stores have been packed this weekend with the beginning of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season.
Did you notice that I never mentioned “Christmas”? It seems that each year, Christ is taken out of Christmas just a little more in our society. It is no longer fashionable to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” – nope, it must be “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”. I refuse to give in – I wish EVERYONE a Merry Christmas! Those who don’t know the Lord, I pray for their salvation so that they too will know this awesome Savior that I serve! Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ but it seems that so many have forgotten that!
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the things of the world. I love shopping and giving and getting gifts as much as anyone else, but we must remember that these gifts cannot compare with the greatest gift ever given – Jesus Christ!
I was taking out our Christmas decorations on Friday – most of them we have collected as gifts. Most of them are really cute but they have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas except to take the focus off of Christ: A fat man dressed in red, a button-eyed smiling pile of snow wearing a scarf, a miniature sled and wagon….
This year, I will continue to wish others a MERRY CHIRSTMAS and I will mean it. When I do, I will do it with a smile and the love of Christ shining through. I don’t do this to ‘show the world’ as in being a rebel but to SHOW the world who Jesus is and that he isn’t someone to be ashamed of.
You would be surprised at the conversations you can have with the cashier and others in line just by wishing him/her a Merry Christmas.
Anyway, I guess my point in all this is that as Christians we don’t need to give in to the world’s view of the “Holiday Season”. We need to proclaim Christ all the time but especially at Christmas. There are so many hurting people out there and they NEED to hear about the Peace of Christ. There is no better time to share than when we are celebrating His birth!
Have a Merry Christmas!