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Monday, December 1, 2008

It's Okay to wish me a Merry Christmas

Don't make me say it.....but he IS the reason for the season http://www.wmamc.com/

Wish Me A Merry Christmas - The Attack on Christmas
Although the liberal media and even some churches are leading the charge against Christmas, they are not the main force behind the attack on Christmas. When the angel came to announce our Lord’s birth, he said, “For behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). This angel was stating that the spiritual atmosphere of the whole planet was about to be transformed. The good news was that the human race was about to be redeemed from the forces of darkness by the Savior. It is these same forces of darkness that are attempting to silence the good news today. We are organizing a campaign that stands up to the powers and principalities, “the rulers of the darkness of this age” (Eph 6:12), that lovingly announces the Light of the World through the wishing of “Merry Christmas” again.

To wish someone a “Merry Christmas” is to proclaim the “good news of great joy that will be for all people.” It is to announce that “there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (v.11). To tell someone they have a Savior is indeed good news! However, if they do not know of their need for a savior, it may be offensive. This is why we find people being offended by the kind gesture of wishing them a “Merry Christmas.” This is also the exact reason why we must continue to unashamedly wish people a “Merry Christmas.” In doing so, we are telling them that there is good news and that the God of the
universe has put into motion a wonderful plan to offer them salvation. The statement “Merry Christmas” is indeed nothing less than the first step in opening a door to offer someone salvation. As Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel [good news], for it is the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). The Message says it like this, “It's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him.”

To wear a button that says, “It’s OK, Wish Me a Merry Christmas” is to identify yourself as someone who has heard and received the good news. It tells people you are not just shopping for a winter festival, but what you are buying is celebrating your Lord’s birth. It says that you are in need of the Savior whose birth the angels announced so long ago. It gives the other person the opportunity to proclaim to you the “good news of great joy that will be for all people,” and say "Merry Christmas."

As the cycle of wishing and being wished a “Merry Christmas” begins, the forces of darkness in our nation will be affected. Light will be proclaimed. Hope will be announced, and the spiritual atmosphere will be changed.



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2 comments:

Tom Sanchez Prunier said...

You and Michael (Write Side of My Brain) posting this makes me nervous... I agree with Christmas and the observation of all holidays and celebration of all faiths, but you're focusing on a small minorty that wishes not to be tossed aside for the final month of the year.

Yes, "Happy Holidays" doesn't mean the same thing as "Merry Christmas," but it does show that you respect religious freedom, one of the pillars of our country.

And you lose your argument here:

"... It tells people you are not just shopping for a winter festival, but what you are buying is celebrating your Lord’s birth..."

You think Christmas is about shopping. You want retailers to take a pro-Christianity stance. You're missing the point. He was born to save us, not for us to buy gifts for one another. Try celebrating Christmas by collecting all the money you'd spend on gifts and giving it to a needy family, or your church.

And, last time I checked, the mall is one big Santa headquarters. Christmas decorations abound (with maybe a tiny section for Hannuka and Kwaanza).

Just sayin', Christ wasn't exclusive. Evangelicals like you are.

Nonetheless, one Christian to another: Merry Christmas.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

I'm not evangelical...I'm an Episcopalian! And since gift giving on Christmas is a symbolic gesture to commemorate both the birth of Jesus and the gist’s given by the Three wise men to him, it is Christmas that drives gift giving not the other holidays within the season. The point is the saying CHRISTmas in a store setting does not diminishing other holiday’s that may coincide with it but is actually just calling it what it is…a celebration of Christ’s birth or Christmas....Merry Christmas to you as well!