With all the talk in the news (ABC News, MichNews.com ) and the blogs (Gina Cobb, Sister Toldjah, and Right Wing News) about “Christmas” versus “Holidays”, I have to put my two cent in. No one who knows me has any doubt that I am a Conservative Christian, so my position on this debate may surprise you.
The biggest problem is that the debate itself is “Stuck on Stupid.” Everyone taking sides on this debate appears to me to be looking to be offended by the other side. The left sees this as a chance to slap at the right. The right sees this as another insult from the left piled on top of so many others. This is not an issue of protecting innocents or even fighting evil. This is an issue about names.
On December 25th, My family and I will be celebrating the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God in human form. What that day is called seems pretty minor in comparison. Because of what I am celebrating, there are a number of obligations placed upon me. Unfortunately, the obligations are only placed upon me not everyone else. First is to love my neighbor, and how do I show my neighbor love if I offend him. Sure my acceptance of Jesus and my Lord and Saviour may offend my neighbor, but my denying such would be a sin. I fail to see how telling a neighbor “Happy Holidays” is a sin if it keeps him from being offended. Second is submission to authority. We as Christians are required to submit to authority unless submission requires us to sin against the Lord. I just don’t see how our kids attending a holiday party in school requires us or our children to sin against the Lord.
Even things like private business choosing “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas” should not cause us Christians offense. What they choose to say does not affect what we are celebrating. What we have allowed by buying into the debate is to allow our beliefs to become a marketing tool. If we are “successful” in getting stores to use “Merry Christmas”, what honor and glory does it bring to God? I would argue none, because Merry Christmas should come from the heart not the wallet. Do you really want to hold people in bondage to Christianity? Is that the light of Jesus? I don’t think so.
This is the way I look at it. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to earth to be the pure and worthy sacrifice to pay the price for my sins. For me, a broken, unfix-able, and unworthy man who without Jesus has no hope. God promised that the sacrifice of Jesus was enough, all I have to do is accept that. Jesus taught us what faith in that promise really means. It does mean that I should act a certain way. Remember Matthew 7:3: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Let’s all us Christians work on our own planks first.