Christmas Battles

Yesterday we started this year’s Christmas series at church. In his sermon, our pastor referenced the “War on Christmas,” which has become a catch-phrase for many of us Christians during this season of the year.

I’m running short on time today, plus I don’t want to get all preachy this early in the week, so I’ll make this short today and write more about it later.

I think the Christians who get all up in arms about stores that make their employees say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” are crazy. So are the people who get crazy about people using “X-mas” instead of “Christmas.”

The fact is that it’s not Wal-Mart’s job, or Target’s job, or Radio Shack’s job, or anybody else’s job, for that matter, to tell the story of Christ.

It is our job.

Jesus didn’t tell his disciples to go into all the world and make sure that retail outlets use the word “Christmas” between Thanksgiving and December 25th. He told them (and us by extension) to go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey His commands.

This holiday season, let’s let the retailers do their jobs in peace, and let’s focus on our job – living out the good news for all men.



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