Christmas Controversy

Christmas Controversy

I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16a NIV.)

Seems as though Advent should be about celebrating miracles … the greatest of these the birth of Christ. Yet, every year we become embroiled in a controversy of one kind or another.

One continuing issue is how to greet one another during this season. Recently I saw a meme circulating on social media that indicated …

“I don’t care how you address me … I’d rather be greeted than ignored for fear what is said might be offensive.”

I remember the big argument over the shortened reference …X-mas.” Angry worshipers scolded, “Put Christ back into Christmas.” Some proponents argued that the “X” stood for Christos, the Greek word for Christ. Those who objected said that “X” stood for the unknown quantity. Traditionalists still cringe whenever the shortcut pops up.

Although, I wonder if Christ isn’t getting more and more shoved aside for the sake of political correctness.

Some advocate leaving out the word Christmas altogether. They argue that the word Christmas is offensive because not everyone is a Christian. Since not everyone celebrates the other observances that coincide with the calendar, the logical solution is to call it The Holidays to fit all religions and sensitivities.

For those of us who worship the birth of Christ, the move toward total eclipse of anything sacred during these days has hampered our joy. Many have reported not only a dearth of traditional Christmas carols, for secular music stations refuse to play anything of a religious nature.

Those who support eliminating the reference to Christmas say that this season should be universal. Yet, somehow “I’m Dreaming of a White Holiday” doesn’t seem quite as meaningful.

“I’ll be home for Christmas,” was the song war-weary soldiers prayed. There is something within the word Christmas that evokes the warmth of hearth and family that cannot be conveyed with the generic term, Holiday.

Most people, regardless of their religious preferences, enjoy the benefits of the Season … regardless of religious persuasion: festivities, presents, family get-togethers, and opportunities for charitable giving.

Yet, there would not be a Universal concept of a Holiday if it were not for Christmas. Every nation and every tongue has been blessed by the goodwill the Advent generates.

There are those who choose to embrace the idea of peace and goodwill, but stop short at accepting the Source. Though Christian principles intrigue them, they reject the notion that these ideals are achieved through faith. Many enjoy the traditions of Christmas but reject the true meaning of the Yuletide and the concept of a work of Grace—a work that began with the birth of a baby.  To truly embrace the Babe means to embrace the purpose of His coming—the Cross.

Perhaps that is why so many strive to eliminate any Christian reference from their vocabulary.

Whatever you chose to call this season—this gift of salvation from a loving Father to all who believe—I wish you the merriest and most joyful Christmas.

About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.

Comments

  1. May we never hold back when it comes to proclaiming the name of the One after whom Christmas is named! Thanks for this reminder, Linda! Merry Christmas!

  2. Stacey …
    thanks for stopping by

  3. When I worked at a bank in 1990, I was told to say “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.”

    1990.

    This issue isn’t new. It comes from, not political correctness, but the desire for Christians to realize that while we celebrate Christmas, not everyone does. We are supposed to be loving and kind, getting to know people first, rather than having anger over issues.

    We live in a country where we (still) have it very good as Christians. The meme’s you mention are often created by Bots and people trying to get us to tear each other apart, or to straight out lie. There’s a popular meme I’ve seen that claims previous presidents did not say Merry Christmas in their cards and greetings (not true) and also one that claimed Christmas were getting fined for saying it (also not true.)

    Remembering the reason for the season goes beyond a greeting, in my opinion. It goes to how we treat people, how quickly we are baited into argument (some people – especially on social media – start things for this specific purpose), and how we get to know others in order to show them (and not just tell them) about the love of Christ.

  4. Thank you for this wonderful post, Linda. In the last few days, the true meaning of Christmas has been on my mind and this post and the replies cemented my thoughts all the more. The man Christ Jesus has made more impact on our world than all before or after.

  5. Good Christmas post.

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