Matthew R. Perry

Are You Afraid of Christmas?

In Christmas, Culture, Sermons on December 1, 2006 at 10:49 pm

There seems to be an inordinate emotion that comes with the Christmas season. Joy? Hope? Peace? you may ask. Sadly, the emotion that wracks so many hearts and minds is the emotion of fear. And it’s on so many fronts. From Christmas shoppers shopping in fear of not getting that perfect present, not getting it shipped out on time, wondering if it’s the right size and shape, terrorized by traffic and crazy crowds.

And then there’s the news — and this is most concerning. With all the items in the news about our society wanting to cross out Christ from Christmas, you have to wonder about their rationale. You have advertisers wishing everyone a “Happy Holidays” rather than a Merry Christmas for fear of offending someone not of the Christian faith. You have teachers chastising students for drawing crosses and manger scenes and even disallowing candy canes for fear of offending someone not of the Christian faith — all the while, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and a host of other religious practices are allowed. You have the ACLU on the warpath against those dreaded Christmas stars and wise men displays and manger scenes on public property — showing that everyone else has civil liberties in this country except for groups who have any sort of Christian faith.

The motive backing all of this is a fear of offending someone not of the Christian faith — even though 96% of all Americans celebrate Christmas. Some have gotten very proactive in trying to put Christmas back in the public realm. Paul Ponder has a plan for everyone in the stores who wish him a Happy Holidays. He asks, “Now, what holiday is it? Is it Valentine’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day? Which one?” He makes them say “It’s Christmas!” then encourages them to say so up-front.

Now, truth be told, I expect our secular society to be that way, but I want them to be honest. Too many are afraid of Christmas not because it may offend someone, but because they will have to come face-to-face with everything that Christmas means! They will have to look at the significance of that Baby born in that manger in backwoods Bethlehem 2,000 years ago and ask, “Why is this so important and so special? Does this event have anything to do with why there seems to be such a wonderful spirit in the air this time of year?

Indeed it does. Why? I submit to you it is not about bows and candles and wreaths and trees. This season is so special because of one person — God Almighty! Christmas reminds us of all that He is and all that He has done. It must not be missed. And since Christmas Day is here, let’s take a look at God, shall we?

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