Political Correctness and Holidays

It All Starts On Social Media

I’ve seen a lot of it lately. Political correctness. You probably have too, especially if you subscribe to certain social media platforms. People from all around the globe proclaiming, “This person gladly says Merry Christmas!” or “Christians don’t say Happy Holidays, they say Merry Christmas!”

Our new President Elect has even promised to put “Merry Christmas” back into places from which it has previously been removed and many people are simply ecstatic about that.

No Big Change Here

I’m a Christian and, I don’t know about you, but I have always said Merry Christmas. There has never been a law regarding our freedom to say it. At least that I know of. Even though there have been a huge number of people who have been offended by our saying it.

And that is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to being a Christian. At least in my eyes.

What do we do? Do we stoop to the same level by arguing that we are offended by their lack of saying what WE deem to be appropriate as Christians? Can we expect non-Christians or those from another faith to embrace our own personal beliefs?

Protect Our Rights But…

Let me stop right there. Let me just say that I do not believe that anyone should have the right to take away our rights based on whether or not they are offended, but are we saying that we also mean that they should do as we do?

They say that the biggest cause of atheism in America is Christianity. I don’t know, maybe somebody made that up. Or maybe they were joking. Whatever the reasoning, I can certainly see where it comes from.

I know that before I gave my life to God, I was EXTREMELY put off by self-righteous Christians. They had no problem telling me just how quickly my actions would send me to hell. I’ve even had some “Christians” tell me that I’m going to hell even since I’ve had a relationship with God.

You’ve Heard It Said

I know you’re probably quoting that quote I’ve used a million times myself that says all it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. And that’s true in certain situations. The Bible says that there are different ways to approach people, and we should be discerning enough in our spirits to know that. If we are truly witnessing instead of just going along on our way, then we DO have a stand to take and points to make, but attacking people where they are is not the way to do it.

I don’t care if someone chooses to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. If nothing else, it alerts me to the fact that they are either unbelievers or liberals and in either case, it isn’t the prime time to start a theological debate about the political correctness of holiday greetings.

How Will They Know?

I’m reminded of an old song we use to sing in youth services at church and at the Christian Camp where I worked. It says, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Will they know I’m a Christian? I don’t know. God doesn’t grant the gift of discernment to just everyone. But I know that I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman, having the “law of kindness” on my tongue. There are certain battles that, as Christians, we have a right to fight. The Bible also says that knowing what is right and not doing it is a sin, but I’m just not sure it pertains to picking a fight in this situation.

Either way, I intend to have just as much a Merry Christmas as everyone else  🙂  And I will certainly be saying so, with absolutely no malice in my heart against those that choose not to say it to me.

Just like always  🙂

 

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  1. As a Christian, all I can say is that suggestion to celebrate Christmas isn’t even that n the Bible, so I don’t care what they call it. To the contrary: taken from a pagan religion strongly denounced in the Bible, how should we really view i?  

    Jesus’ birth took place on the first day of Sukkot, as this has spiritual significance. Why don’t we (reborn) Christians rather follow that? 

    1. I agree on all accounts, Pete, I just didn’t have the time to delve into it at the time 🙂 It also warns against the bringing in and decorating of trees. It’s truly disturbing how far we’ve actually come.

      1. Absolutely. Even so, I grew up where Christmas was a reverent Christ remembrance. We would sing songs exalting Him, we would get told the story of His birth and the day was like a sabbath almost. I am 55 in a few weeks and only really saw how people would get drunk around me at Christmas, maybe since I turned fifty. It wasn’t in our national culture but living, at the time, in a LGBT suburb which is also a tourism hotspot of top international popularity, brought all types to our front door. The irreverence of people from abroad, their godlessness and immorality was quite a culture shock.

        1. Wow. I always worried that if I told my children about Santa, then once they found out he was a fallacy, then they would think the same of our Lord. I always spoke jokingly of Santa and did tell the children that we were simply celebrating the birth of Jesus on that day. I think even then I had no idea how far even all of that was from the truth.

          1. I told my from the beginning that Santa, the tooth fairy, etc., are just fantasy but that only Jesus is real.

  2. Hi there,

    I just wanted to join in to say that I have, like Pete, decided (just this year) that the whole Christmas thing is not taught in the bible to be celebrated in the way we do. I have written my first thoughts about my own process of thinking in this fashion at:
    https://grainofwheatblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/christmas-of-what-spirit-is-it/

    I have always celebrated it with lots of decorations and a feast and gifts for my family etc. I tried to focus on Jesus if/when I could but have found it to be quite difficult over the years.

    I think that the penny has finally dropped this year and I have learnt a few more pieces to the puzzle of why there is such an eclectic mix of elements to “Christmas” celebrations. I have more to learn and more to write but all I know is that I will NOT be celebrating it this year, for the first time in my 51 years of life, nor will I be wishing anyone a Merry, Happy or Jolly Christmas or Xmas or anything!!

    I am shocking people at the office and shocking some of my sons. But I am walking away from it and feeling a sense of relief in doing so. It is quite an amazing feeling to not need to agonize over what gifts to buy etc. I do not need to climb up my loft to get down the pile of decorations (& put them back up there again in Jan)!

    I have just read my blog article to my eldest son by way of helping him to understand that this is a strong desire to be free from it all. Admittedly my sons are all grown up now and it would be a different thing entirely to do this with children in a household.

    I may not be in the mood this year to wish you, or anybody, a “Merry Christmas” but I am always ready to wish you many blessings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    God bless,
    Helen

    1. Helen, thank you so much for taking the time to join the conversation. I really appreciate it. This has been a topic of study for me for some time, and it’s true that there is nothing in the Word regarding the celebration of Christmas. The things that were celebrated in the Old Testament were entirely in reverence to God, and I dare not speak much about that because I’m not well versed on the specifics of those things, but I do know that it talks against bringing in a tree and decorating it with silver and gold (Jer. 10:1-5). Some have said that this is referring to people in those days making and idol out of a tree trunk, but then, try ONE TIME saying that we should not put such sustenance in a Christmas Tree, or that we shouldn’t put one up at all, and watch how some people can be so vehement! I’ve seen it end friendships.

      The fact is, in SO many ways, we have gotten far, far away from where God really wants us, and what He wants us to do. I have also had to deal with things like “graven images” and pictures of Christ, as I’m sure Jesus was no white, blue-eyed, blonde haired man. Well, to say that I’m sure is a bit exaggerate, but I’m just considering the difference in features between us and those of Middle Eastern descent. The Bible says His hair was like wool. Of course, God can change anything He sees fit any way He chooses, but it really makes me wonder.

      I can’t wait to go over and read your post, and thank you so much for reading mine! May God bless you abundantly as you continue to seek out His Truth! 🙂

  3. Another wise post. I’d say without a doubt you have both the gift of discernment and wisdom.
    I also do not like it when people, especially Christians say “Happy X-mas.” It bugs me to death. When that happens I’m just thinking, you know what your doing right? You just put a X over Christ name and went on with your salutation. grrr. Anyways, Great post!

    God Bless,
    Erik

    1. Erik, thanks so much for your comment and kind words. I appreciate it! Be blessed, brother!

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