How to Fight the “War on Christmas”

*Posted by Winston Hottman

At the Baptist Press, Dr. Russell Moore explains how Christians should react to the so-called “war on Christmas”:

grinch-alertThat ought not make us angry. It ought to instead give us an opportunity to understand how we look to our neighbors. They see us more in terms of our trivialities than in terms of the depths of meaning of Incarnation and blood atonement and the kingdom of Christ. They know something about “Silent Night,” just as they know something about “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” What they don’t recognize is the cosmos-shifting mystery of Immanuel as God with Us.

All that means is that we need to spend more time lovingly engaging our neighbors with the sort of news that shocks angels and redirects stargazers and knocks sheep-herders to the ground. That it seems increasingly strange is all the better — because it is strange. A gospel safe enough to sell beer and barbecue grills is a gospel too safe to make blessings flow, far as the curse is found.

Christmas, then, isn’t about a fight for our right to party. It’s a reminder that we, like every generation before us, live in a “land of deep darkness” (Isaiah 9:2). The darkness isn’t overcome by sarcasm or personal offense or retaliatory insults. The light of Bethlehem shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, will not overcome it.

And that’s enough.

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One Response to How to Fight the “War on Christmas”

  1. I write about this in my blog, but probably from a slightly different perspective. The Christmas celebration is, after all, a Christian adaptation of a pagan festival. Why should it surprise us that the pagans want to return it to its original roots! I would invite you to read what I wrote on the topic: http://erniecarrasco.com/2012/12/10/bah-humbug/.

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