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“Holiday”: The New Curse Word 19 Nov 2007

Posted by Jessa in Religion.
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Mat Staver, dean of Jerry Falwell’s law school, is fighting back in the manufactured outrage that is the “War on Christmas”. The Liberty Council has put out a Naughty and Nice List, cataloging stores that do and do not use the word “Christmas” in their advertising. All in nice pdf form, making an easily-printable list of the blasphemous stores to avoid.

Before people get the vapors because Circuit City has a “Holiday Gift Guide”, I would like to ask a few questions. Is it possible that insisting that everyone insert the word “Christmas” into every advertisement actually contributes to the secularization of Christmas? Does overexposure to the word in secular settings really “put the Christ back in Christmas”, or does it dilute the religious origin of the word? Are you comfortable with the notion that non-Christians are increasingly using the word “Christmas” because it’s so ubiquitous that it’s becoming less and less meaningful with every passing year? Just something to think about.

And about “Happy Holidays”: it’s not necessarily a politically-correct cop-out. Do you celebrate New Years? If you do, you celebrate two holidays during the season. So if it makes you feel better, you can think of “Happy Holidays” as a shorthand way of saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

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1. curtismchale - 19 Nov 2007

I wonder how we as Christians can hold non-Christian businesses to the same conduct. Really I don’t care if they don’t use the word. I will keep using it though.

2. Ben Maulis - 19 Nov 2007

The word “Christmas” is not in the scriptures (the bible) so in that sense it is a tradition of man and not anything to be advocated by Christians. It is certainly not a holiday stipulated by God in the scriptures. There are holy days established in the word of God, but Christmas is not one of them. Rather history shows that myriad pagan traditions were hijacked by a religious institution to further promulgate its anti-Christ agenda. Why then would any Christian concern themselves that secularists are averting their identification with one of the whore’s bastard children?

Christ coming in the flesh and his birth are certainly important events, but their commemoration by a traditional, annual or seasonal celebration is unfounded in the truth. Without the guidance of God’s word, the believer should simply consider the tradition of Christmas to be unimportant to their faith, and we should keep in mind that if we have found freedom in Christ, we ought not to look for a yoke of prohibition under which to constrain our brothers as do some sects and cults that ban Christmas as though their rules have any power against the flesh.

The effect of the tradition, both religious and secular, on the world cannot be ignored. Many Christians claim that Christmas affords an opportunity to share the gospel. This claim is based on the eroded premise that Christmas has something to do with Christ because of a religious tradition. We should expect to find this time of year to be no different than any other. Sinners will be busy with their sin. We should not expect to find them any more open to the gospel than they would be any other time of year. The traditions of man have no power to draw men unto God. God alone is able to draw men unto Christ as he wills. If we hope to interject the gospel contextually, we should do so with a proper perspective on the traditions.

Jesus said we will know by the fruit. If we examine the Christmas tradition, we will see it has no good fruit. Every year millions of people fill churches all over the world to celebrate this holyday.
None of them are positively changed or transformed by this event. Hundreds of millions, even billions more keep the traditions of Christmas. Zero change for the better as a result.

The grace of God is the only hope by which a man may be saved through faith which comes by hearing the Word of God when the Gospel is preached. There is no tradition of man which has any power to save. Furthermore, all the endeavors of man are vanity and the result nothing more than a passing vapor except they be built upon the foundation of Christ and they abide in him.

The adoration of a fake baby Jesus cannot commend you to God. Insincere charity and powerless sentiments of benevolence can in no way mask the wickedness of the heart. God has written his law on the heart of every man and every man’s conscience bears him witness that he has transgressed God’s law. Jesus said, “Out
of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

The Word of God says that he who does not believe on the Son of God is condemned already. Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. He who does not believe on the Son of God shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. The Word of God says that the “the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

If you didn’t first understand your sin, you would think this is rather harsh. If you still think it’s harsh, remember that God is good, and a just God. The Word of God exhorts us to “behold the goodness and the severity of God.” If you need to, examine your heart again and see why God is just and right to punish sinners and cast them
into the lake of fire as an unclean thing.

Now if you are willing to humble yourself before a mighty God, repent. Turn from your sin and forsake it. And turn toward Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was crucified for your sins. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.”
Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Amen, amen, Jesus Christ came to save sinners. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

For you to receive salvation, it takes a work of Christ, and not yourself. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Believe therefore on Jesus, but don’t just believe that he “is” — for even the demons know that God is and they are scared. TRUST Jesus as Savior — that his work of salvation is sufficient for you. He said, “It is finished.”


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