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Dec 23

“The War on Christmas” Advent Book Tour: Getting Rid of Christ

War on Christmas cover image” There are more Christian resources available in the U.S. today than at any time in its history – yet for all of that, America is becoming less and less Christian every day. The battle over ‘Christ’ in Christmas is a sad example of this.”

In the concluding chapter of the book, The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression, we return to the discussion of how, in America, we find ourselves in the midst of the ongoing confusion about the true meaning of “Christmas.”

Even when we find this traditional holiday presented in an apparent attempt to remove “Christ” from “Christmas” by writing it as “Xmas,” there is simply no way to turn this celebration into an insignificant, materialistic, commercialized event that is just another day to party.

The “X” in “Xmas” actually represents the “X” that is the first letter of the word “Christ” in the Koine Greek of the New Testament. So, even those who wish to distance themselves from the truth of the coming of Christ the Messiah, God’s own Son, as the Savior of all mankind, they unwittingly present the eternal truth of God’s plan.

We find ourselves in a period of history that glorifies all that is destructive and hurtful to human beings, and that condemns as “extreme” or “radical” those traditional values that have brought love, light, and redemption to millions and millions over the history of humanity. No doubt, there have been hurtful, destructive, and inhumane actions in the name of “religion,” or in the name of God or in the name of Christ by human beings using His name and His Word as a weapon to be used on those less powerful.

But that reality (as horrible as it might be) does not change reality. To me it is like saying that because I fell off my bike and skinned up my knee because of gravity, that therefore I choose not to believe in gravity anymore. Because it “caused” or “allowed” something bad to happen to me. We really do not need to believe in gravity for it to be “real.” Truth is not contingent on our choice to believe it or not. If you fall off a ladder or a three-story building, you will land on the ground whether you believe in gravity or not.

And so, it really does not matter who does or does not “believe” in Christ. And for those of us who know what salvation through grace by faith in Jesus Christ has done in our lives, there is nothing that can convince us that what God has done in our lives is just a myth or an ignorant belief in some magical pretend deity. For millions of people throughout history, there are stories of faith in the eternal, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful God of the universe that simply cannot be explained away by any amount of scientific “pontificating.” Truly, you cannot take away a human being’s experiences.

In the book, The War Against Christmas, it is clear that there are rumblings all around us at Christmas (and all year long, as well) that try to convince us that Christmas is just a time for parties, presents, and fun. But it seems that those very same voices belong to people who are quite happy to have a day off of work (and still get paid in many cases) and take advantage of this “meaningless” holiday. There is quite enough hypocrisy to go around, and “religious” people are not the only ones who fall into this deception.

Those who cry the loudest for “tolerance” are frequently the ones who are the least tolerant. It sounds really enlightened to call for a society where we should be free to express our views and live our lives the way we want to . . . . to have “freedom of choice” . . . . unless our choice happens to be different from the vocal minority demanding said “choice.”

This is no more evident than this time of year. For those who would “get rid of Christ,” I pray that they will one day recognize that they are blessed by the same rain that falls and the same sun that shines as those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior. I pray that they will recognize that the God they reject nevermore will stop loving them, and is always waiting with open arms to accept them into His family. Even though that family is filled with broken, sinful, hurting people – that is just what the people of God are, in the end. We are all broken, sinful, and hurting human beings who make mistakes, say stupid stuff, forget all kinds of important days (like our sister’s birthday or our parents’ anniversary), and make dumb choices frequently.

But that does not mean that God is just a fairy tale. So if one wants to “get rid of Christ,” that is not going to happen. Any more than deciding that gravity is not real. Try it, you’ll find out. And with the reality of God’s grace, love, forgiveness and salvation . . . . try it, and you’ll find out that it is truly a gift of mercy and freedom. Even if you are not perfect. Because you aren’t, anymore than I am. But just like gravity, truth is not contingent on your belief.

“The War on Christmas” is a fascinating look at the ways that we have been gradually convinced over the past generations that Christmas is an old-fashioned, make-believe celebration. That Christmas is a fun, pretend holiday. But in the end, without Christ there is no Christmas. And without the God of the Universe, Who became a human being that we might understand His love and sacrifice through His Son, Jesus Christ . . . . . there would be no Christmas. Even if there are some who still refuse to believe.

The War on Christmas Advent Tour and Giveaway will run from December 2nd – 24th. Each day you can visit the host blog and read the post that will give you a bit of insight as to what each blogger learned from the specific sections of this book that we are each reading for our designated tour day. I hope you will stop by on December 23 when I reflect on the chapter “Getting Rid of Christ.” Please support all the other bloggers who are participating in this important book tour.

You will be able to enter to win the giveaway of The War on Christmas right here at mamas*little*treasures all month long!

Inspire Me Monday 2Also, please stop by the Inspire Me Monday Blog Hop at Create with Joy and link up with other creative bloggers. Make new friends, find fresh inspiration for your holiday crafting, and have fun connecting with others around the blogosphere. Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book The War on Christmas free of charge for the opportunity to participate in this book tour and giveaway. The book will be given away to one randomly selected participant using Rafflecopter.

1 comment

  1. Jamie

    Great post!! I was amazed to find out about the “X” – I always thought it was a way to hide Christ and now it makes sense. Just like people saying “Happy Holidays” to try and get around it, if they use the X, Christ is still glorified!! Merry CHRISTmas!!

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