Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm About To Get Preachy, Ya'll

It doesn't happen often. I usually keep my opinions to myself..avoid controversy and conflict and all that goes along with it. Yeah, that.

BUT...

This is my little corner of the internet, so here I go...

I've been thinking about the whole Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas controversy that has been going on for the past several years.

I decided this year I'm going to say both. I mean there ARE several Holidays going on this time of year. I can say Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas and cover every single holiday from Thanksgiving through New Years.

I'm sure anyone who has a Facebook account has seen this little copy and paste thingy going around..
I DO NOT CARE IF THIS OFFENDS SOMEONE: THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE--I AM SICK AND TIRED OF EVERY YEAR, WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE! WELL, HOW ABOUT ALL OF US CHRISTIANS? WHAT ABOUT OFFENDING US BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING OUR... CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS? CHRIST IS CHRISTMAS! IF YOU AREN'T CELEBRATING CHRIST, THEN WHY ARE YOU CELEBRATING? CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR! CHRISTMAS IS ONE OF A FEW HOLIDAYS LEFT THAT CELEBRATE "MY" CHRIST! LEAVE "MY" CHRISTMAS ALONE! AND TELL EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! COPY & RE-POST IF YOU’RE NOT ASHAMED.

I'm not ashamed of Jesus, but you won't catch me copying and re-posting that.

Don't get me wrong; I'm all for people standing up for what they believe in,

BUT...

Let's face it not everyone is a Christian. I haven't looked up any statistics, but it seems like Christians are in the minority these days. And that is sad. If we're not in the minority then that is even sadder.

As Christians we are supposed to be Fishers of Men! Sheep Who Make More Sheep! Sowers of The Word! Lights In This Dark World! That is...we're supposed to be doing our part to increase the number of Christians on this earth.

Griping about "taking Christ out of Christmas" to people who already think we're kooky for believing such "nonsense" as a Savior who is half man-half God, born of a virgin, who went around preaching about the Kingdom of God, performing miracles, was crucified, rose from the dead three days later, then ascended to Heaven to come back for His followers at some point in the future, does not seem very productive to persuading them to become one of "us".

Does it really matter if someone says Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Can an alternate greeting really take Christ out of Christmas?

Saying Happy Holidays can't take Christ out of the hearts of his followers anymore than saying Merry Christmas makes a believer out of a non-believer.

Instead of getting offended and griping about something as trivial as a holiday greeting,

WHAT...

IF...

All the Christians thought about how our society got to this point where people don't KNOW Jesus or even WANT to know Him, and did something about that?

We are Christ's ambassadors on this earth...the only Jesus that some will see.

1 John 3:8
Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.


If we let our actions show the LOVE of God, we will keep Christ in Christmas (and every.other.day.)

Isn't that what Christmas is REALLY about?

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