Wow. What a thought. For the past several years many Christians have been fighting this “culture war” to keep Chirst in Christmas. We want to hear “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” from cashiers, we want to see manger scenes set up at our local grocery strore, and we want to make sure that no one ever, ever uses the term “X-mas.”
What has any of this done for the cause of Christ, though? Jesus came to earth to establish a new Kingdom, to bring about a new way of life, and to sacrifice Himself for humanity. These are enormous ideas that have very little to do with our contemporary definitions of the “real meaning of Christmas.”
Some of us would be quite excited to find a nativity scene set up in front of our local Walmart. We would call it a cultural victory. But do we really want Walmart using Jesus to sell more stuff? Do we really want the baby Jesus in the manger to be an icon of the most consumerized season of the year?
It seems to me that Jesus’ incarnation should incite something far greater than feelings of peace and contentment, sentimental songs about snow, and a need to spend money. I agree with Don Miller. Let’s seperate Jesus from the over-consumption of Christmas.