In recent years we have seen attacks on the public celebration of Christmas have been increasing in volume and intensity. Is it just a sign of the times that the manipulators of our culture are succeeding in displacing the Christian world view with the godlessness of secular humanism? While there is an element of truth to this, a simple rejection of the gospel would not necessarily result in the virulent nature of the war on Christmas we join every year.
Perhaps it would be good to look at what Christmas is, and what it represents to believers and to those who feel left out by the joy of the season. We all know that the Christmas season commemorates the birth of Jesus. And who was this Jesus? He was the God-man who came into our world to redeem man from the consequences of his sinful life.
The Christian world view sees man as never living up to the holy perfection of a holy God. The only way we could come close to the pleasing the God who created us for fellowship is through the way He’s given us through the work of Jesus on the cross. There He redeemed us from the consequences of our failures to live according to His Word.
This whole story drives the progressive left absolutely mad. The entire thrust of their approach to life is that man is perfectible and has no inherent flaws. They believe that people, if they just have the proper “guidance” from their betters, can move away from the anti-social behaviors like robbery, rape and murder. This is why they never seem to want to blame the criminal for even the most heinous crimes. This is why they are comfortable using mass shootings as a platform to push their gun control agenda rather than look into the life of the unbalanced, hate filled individual who did the deed.
The supposedly tolerant progressive liberals who believe they are entitled to rule the land (and the world) because of their inherent superiority see the honoring of the baby Jesus as a direct affront
to their rightful place in the world, especially when they hear us talk of the redemptive message of he Easter story.
They see no need for redemption, and are offended when we bring it up. I Corinthians 1:18 tells us, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” What we are seeing is the manifestation of this opinion. The opponents of Christmas believe it is their duty to stifle public expression so others will not be drawn into the Christian thinking.
There have always been those standing in opposition to the Word. The difference is that now the government apparatus is now on their on their side and using the power of the judiciary to aid and abet the violation of the First Amendment. Recent studies have shown that three forths of the American people believe the Christmas celebrations should revolve around the Christchild. Our government is placing itself clearly on the other side of the issue.
Of course, we need to stand against the attempts to stifle displays of the true Christmas story. We need to share the joy of Christmas with those who have no joy… there can be no joy in their position. Of all persons, they are to be pitied more than those who have never heard the story in the second chapter of Luke. They are as much of our mission field as anyone else in the world. But… we cannot back down in the face of their fussing and fuming.