OK…I just have to get this off my chest.
In about 4-5 weeks Christians are going to begin complaining that America has abandoned God and forgotten the “true meaning” of Christmas. They’ll quickly point out that “Jesus is the reason for the season” and they’ll fight to defend their “right” to put a Nativity Scene in their front yard or town square. They’ll tell you that exchanging Christmas presents and putting up a Christmas tree are completely meaningless if you don’t acknowledge the birth of Christ (God’s “gift” to us…who “hung on a tree”). In other words, THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AND WORSHIPING JESUS (“Christ Mass”).
They are correct.
For an increasingly large percentage of America, celebrating Christmas is a CULTURAL EVENT — NOT a religious holiday. It has no spiritual or religious significance to it whatsoever & is simply a fun thing that people do with their family and friends. Many people LOVE Christmas, but don’t know CHRIST.
The funny thing is, the VERY SAME PEOPLE who will complain about “the secular celebration of Christmas” will browbeat people for “celebrating Halloween” because it is a pagan religious holiday.
If it’s possible to celebrate Christmas without worshiping Jesus, then it is also possible to celebrate Halloween without worshiping the devil. Why? Because it is a CULTURAL EVENT.
Now CHILL OUT and love people like Jesus. (And PLEASE don’t give Chick Tracts to the kids who come knocking on your door tonight. A piece of candy and a “God bless you” will do just fine.)
That is all. -Kraig