The Christmas season has arrived!
Radio stations are playing joyful Christmas carols. Families are addressing beautiful Christmas cards. Preparations for Christmas cookies are being made as grandma’s recipes are pulled from kitchen drawers. And Christmas trees stand tall in the house, soon to be decorated in anticipation of Christmas presents that will surround them.
These events are not the reason for Christmas, but they have transitioned through the years into festive activities Christians enjoy as we celebrate the season. A season when school children and employees alike are excused from their expected duties to acknowledge one extraordinary day – Christmas!
Sadly, there are folks out there trying to snuff our seasonal festivities. Festivities Christians enjoy as part of the Christmas celebration.
The exact date of Jesus’ birth is not agreed upon, but December 25 is the chosen date we Christians celebrate the birth of our Messiah (Some believe Jesus was born in the spring based on celestial records and ancient calendars.). December 25 was chosen in order to replace a pagan holiday previously celebrated at that time.
Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Please–let Christians celebrate Christmas!
Some in authority choose to ignore certain Christmas traditions. Wisconsin governor Tony Evers, in 2019, decided to start calling the elegant evergreen on display at the state Capitol a holiday tree instead of simply stating what it is, what it’s always celebrated, a Christmas tree. Governor Evers chooses to ignore a traditional Christian celebration of Christmas in his state.
I wonder how our Jewish friends would feel, if there’s a menorah at Wisconsin state Capitol for Hanukkah, if the governor should declare it simply a candle holder?
Years ago, South Orange Maplewood School in New Jersey banned religious Christmas carols. That makes South Orange another Christmas snuffer. Though a parent has been fighting the ban through the court system, Christmas may be losing the battle at Maplewood School.
How has the system forgotten that children have always gone on break from school in December because of the meaning behind songs like O Holy Night – not because of the meaning behind Frosty The Snowman?
Starbucks released their Christmas cups this month. They offer four different designs on their Christmas cups to bring joy to their customers. Though they are cute, many patrons over the last years expressed desire for a true Christmas cup. A cup more representing the real meaning of the holiday.
Why can’t just one of those designs reflect the true meaning of Christmas? Why can’t there be a manger cup? After all, Christ is the One who brings joy.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Starbucks listened to their Christian base (Christians comprise 71% of Americans), as much as they listen to non-Christians?
Little by little Christians are getting snuffed.
Christians are often forced to celebrate Christmas the way non-Christians want us to celebrate. We are forced into compromising long standing traditions in order to please other’s unbelief.
In 2018, Woodland, Washington was forced to remove a decades-old nativity scene after constitutional complaints were made.
Three years ago, a nativity scene owned by the City of Menominee in Michigan was also forced to move. For decades, the display was part of Christmas at the Great Lakes Marina Memorial Park.
Five churches, two businesses, and one Menominee resident offered space for the original display, which now can be seen at the Abundant Life Church & Mission.
So many want to snuff out Christmas. But thankfully, there are more and more folks not allowing that to happen!
This Christmas season, I encourage you: keep Jesus, the True Light of Christmas, burning for all to see. Repost this message on your Facebook.
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
If you’re uncertain you’ve ever invited Jesus into your heart – now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Only through Jesus Christ can you receive the redemptive hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”