Keep Christ In Christmas (Part 1)
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.”
Today we live in a politically correct society where people are afraid of offending another person. In personal social situations they will grant space and display manners but will destroy those same people behind the screens on social media. Go figure out that one! With this “PC” atmosphere, we see that people will renounce their personal conviction in an attempt to alleviate the friction of others being uncomfortable. This is wise, but when we ostracize our religious convictions due to a world of those that don’t want to hear about what is important to us! Then is it really important? No greater example of this is the Christmas season. We see corporations establishing policy prohibiting their employees from saying Merry Christmas or saying that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. If we leave this essential part out of the season, then is it still Christmas? NO it isn’t Christmas! So what do we do to keep Christ in Christmas in a world that wants us to keep Him in the closet? Join us as we discover how to keep Christ in Christmas.
I. Don’t Be Afraid To Say: “Merry Christmas”
It puzzles me these days when I see citizens in our nation that back down and maintain silence when popular culture adopts a worldly secular view of Christmas. If you really think about it logically, Christmas is about Jesus Christ. Immanuel, God with us in the flesh to redeem us back to The Father (Abba Father) through His substitutionary death. In fact the bible called Him the propitiation for us and our sins:
1 John 4:10
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 2:2
“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
I realize that there are three schools of thought that one must consider when wishing to express their beliefs during the Christmas season.
I. Professional Settings – When at work, there may be settings were you aren’t authorized to say “Merry Christmas” but to be neutral in your expressions for the season. Abide by the rules when on the clock, but when of the clock especially at your breaks, you are more than welcome to reciprocate their sentiment.
II. Political Settings – When dealing with others from different faith’s I recommend making a common ground to avoid conflict only after establishing your beliefs.
III. Personal Settings – When dealing with people on a personal level I would seek to inform and educate them on what Christmas really means.
Our country is free and we have the right to express and share our religious beliefs to whom ever we please. We should express what we believe in a peaceful, non-confrontational and sincere manner. This will not only validate our position in Christ but will enable us to live peaceably while expressing our beliefs and establishing an open door to the gospel. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the importance of keeping this season sacred. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.