Christmas Under Attack?
Christmas is almost here and once again the air is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies, pine needles and the sound of well-meaning believers bemoaning that “Christmas is under attack!” There’s even a television special about it this year. Seriously.
As far as I know no one is arguing against Christians celebrating Christmas in our houses of worship. It’s all about what we can or can’t do in the public square. I know these folks believe that they are furthering the mission of Christ, but maybe all that time, money and energy would be better spent on a mission Jesus actually gave us, like caring for the poor. Consider the following:
Neither Mark nor John’s Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ birth but they seem to have given birth to faith in at least a few people through the centuries.
There’s little evidence that Christians celebrated Christmas earlier than the fourth century, but the faith somehow found a way to grow.
The Savior was born in an obscure corner of the globe. Seems God didn’t feel the need to be the center of attention.
And history teaches that the faith declines when it is the dominant culture, and thrives when under pressure. Huh.
So, is all the arguing about Jesus and his mission? Or is it about us and our rights and our grasping for power in a culture that is increasingly turned off and tuned out?
I’ll stick with caring for the poor and leave the rest to God. Blessed Advent.
How will you live into Jesus and his mission this Advent and Christmas season?