By Scott Linscott
Xmas, xmas, xmas. Wow. Doesn’t it tick you off? I mean, this conspiracy to take Christ out of Christmas is terrible, isn’t it?
Not so fast. Calm down. Breathe. Lay down your weapons.Chill.
Why are we Christians so wrapped up in this fight to make sure that Jesus is attached to this celebration that is looking less and less like Jesus each passing year? Isn’t it true that the only appearance Christ makes in Christmas for most in our post-christian society is in the name alone?
Imagine someone throws you a huge birthday party and then doesn’t invite you. There are no gifts for you, no cake for you and no one acknowledges you. But when you look at the invitations, the party flyers and all the banners and decorations you see your name everywhere. It’s all because of you! Except, it really isn’t. How do you feel about that?
I wonder if it even matters at all to Jesus. Is He sitting on His throne fretting because people sing around a “holiday” tree? Is He bummed out that huge box stores aren’t giving Him the credit for selling tons of Xbox games and Monster High dolls?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Jesus wants everyone to find hope, joy and salvation in Him but He leaves that choice up to us. I know He loves it when we celebrate Christmas for all that it truly represents and invite Him to be the focus of our holiday. I’m just thinking He would rather we be ambassadors of peace rather than aggressive, snippy, enforcers of Christmas.
I suspect Jesus is more hurt by having His name attached to something that really has little to nothing to do with Him than He is about “Xmas.” Have you ever considered that taking the Lord’s name in vain might have little to do cursing?
But how can you stomach “Xmas” if it really bothers you? Consider this. The X conspiracy is not much of a conspiracy at all when you consider its origin. X is the Greek letter “Chi” which has represented Christ all the way back to Constantine. Have you seen IXOYE? Do you know its meaning? Go ahead, Google it and then let me know what you discover by commenting or leaving a Facebook post.
Please calm down. Please stop fighting to make sure Christ’s name is attached to something that, for many, has so little to do with Him. Be nice. When someone wishes you “happy holidays” don’t go ballistic on them, sigh or roll your eyes. Accept their well wishes with grace and kindness and respond with love. Please don’t slam them on Facebook but instead present what Christ means to you.
Remember, the world thinks we Christians are always mad and fighting about something. The only way we can change that reputation is to prove them wrong with our actions.
Perhaps if we loved more and argued less, the people we come in contact with might discover the life-giving joy of Christ and invite Him to be the focus of their celebrations. I know Jesus would take more joy in that than does in us balling out cashiers who wish us, “happy holidays.”
Let’s represent the Good News by promoting peace on earth and good will toward men.