“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” -Luke 2:11
I’m not one of those people who insists that December 25 is actually the calendar date when Jesus Christ was born. I realize pagans held winter celebrations for millennia before the Catholic Church decided to reinvent these celebrations into something “religious.”
The fact remains: Jesus Christ was born in Judea 2,000 years ago (more or less).
Another fact: his birth is important for the plan of redemption.
In light of these facts, setting aside a day to celebrate his birth seems like a great idea. I’m all for it. Let’s call it Christmas and throw a huge party, giving gifts to everyone.
Of course, if we are going to say we are celebrating Christ’s birthday on December 25, we must be careful to invite him into our festivities.
Nothing scalds me worse than leaving Christ out of Christmas. For example:
- “Xmas Trees” – I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean. How can an “x” replace the Savior of mankind?
- “Happy Holidays” – Okay, there are plenty of holidays and I pray they are all happy. In the event of Christ’s birthday, however, we won’t forget to name him. “Have a blessed Christmas” is my favorite but “Merry Christmas” works.
- “Winter Programs” in school – Half the time, they will still sing Christmas carols. Sometimes, these songs might even mention the birth of Jesus. If we’re taking a day off to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we’re making our kids learn songs to sing before they get two weeks off of school, let’s call it like it is. I participated in Christmas Programs and Christmas Pageants.
The list could go on, but this post is about encouraging readers to remember that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” No one wants to listen to me complain about the spiritually incorrect state of political correctness.
This year, make sure Christ is invited to the parties you’re hosting in the name of Christmas. He should be the centerpiece. Make him your honored guest.
After all, if it’s his birthday, he is the guest of honor.