With Christmas only 2 days away I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed but filled with excitement for the many events and festivities that the Christmas holidays bring. It truly is a busy time of year, it seems as though there is hardly enough time to get everything done, and before you know it Christmas is over. However, as I sit here and reflect on this wonderful season I can’t help but feel saddened and discouraged that the Christmas season has gone from a celebration for our blessed and holy Savior Jesus Christ, to a commercialized holiday season filled with the lust of things, and the spending of exorbitant amounts of money.
Jesus Christ’s birth which should be the most celebrated day on the earth, has taken a back seat to all of these worldly things, and celebratory decorations. In fact the world has come to the place where it is now politically incorrect to say Christmas because it has the word “Christ” in it. What was once a whole season focused on others, and what we can do for others, and how we can help others has turned into a selfish what can I get, and what can I have done for me. We have allowed the enemy to slowly rip the true meaning of Christmas right out of our country and our own minds and lives, and because of this we have caused the spirit of Christmas (Holy Spirit) to fade away, and most people are either too wrapped up in themselves to notice or simply don’t care enough to want to do something about it.
It can often be heard nowadays many people express that it just doesn’t even feel like Christmas. While many blame it on the lack of cold weather, snow, having to work or whatever other excuse they can muster up, the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t feel like Christmas because the Christmas spirit has been nearly wiped away from the season and the overall atmosphere of generosity, happiness, joyfulness, love, and merriment has been drown in selfishness, greed, impatience, anger and a rebellion towards God.
We as Christian need to begin standing up for the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ came that we could all be saved from our sins and without His birth and His dying on the cross for our sins, we would all be living pointless lives because at the end of life we would all be doomed to hell anyways. While we are called to love and show love towards even our enemies and those who oppose God, we are not to be tolerant and bend to their demands to wipe Christ out of the country just so that no offense is had. Christ’s birth and His life mission is the most important event to ever happen to the earth and we have a right to celebrate that and shout it from the rooftops.
I would like to leave with you a Christmas scripture verse from Luke 2 11-14 that gives us a good reminder as to why we celebrate this wonderful Christmas season in the first place.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
I wish you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas this season, and I pray that you would pay forward the many blessings God has given to you back to those who are less fortunate. Let’s do our part to be a light unto the world where so much darkness exists. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.