Saturday, December 20, 2008

Should We Say “Merry Christmas”?

Should we say “Merry Christmas” or just “happy holidays”? This issue has grown in intensity in recent years as our culture has simply become more godless… in the name of so-called “inclusion”. The saying goes: there are so many different kinds of people in our culture that it is offensive to wish others a “Merry Christmas”. What if they are not Christian? It has gotten to the point that at my daughter’s school, the kids have become so programmed that it was rare that anyone wished each other a “Merry Christmas” as they left for the “winter break”. What a shame.

I was thinking the other day…are they going to start calling December 25th “Winter Day” or some such nonsense?

All I will point out is that Jesus himself said in the Bible: "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8 NIV); elsewhere Jesus also said: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38 NIV)

As you ponder at the next opportunity whether you should bury the urge to say “Merry Christmas” for fear of offending someone, give thought to the implication of offending Jesus in the process. Perhaps you might remember these additional words that He spoke as well: I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:4-5 NIV)


LisaShaw said...

Peter, this is so true. We have reached the point where it's more important to be politically correct while being moraly wrong in this world!

Not only do I not like the fact that many do not want to say Merry Christmas but it also disturbs me when Christians X out Christ in Christmas ('Xmas'). I believe firmly that it's another deceptive way the enemy tries to lure people into REMOVING Christ from CHRISTmas.

We have to be careful of the very sneaky and cunning ways the enemy operates.

While there isn't anything wrong with saying Happy Holidays it should NOT be said in lieu of Merry Christmas in order to be politically correct!

Deny Christ before man and we will be denied before God. I won't take that chance. Besides which I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

As Christians we must be careful not to conform to the world's way of doing things. We are imperfect, flawed and a mess and that's why WE NEED JESUS!

Thank you for this message and Merry Christmas.

Michelle said...

Hello Peter, I am new to blogging and have been looking through all the blogs on the blogroll. There are some that I especially like. Yours is one :) I would like to read all your posts when I have more time, especially about Israel. So few people in our world see the signifigance of Israel. Even though many of them have not accepted the Messiah, they are still God's people and He has a plan for them. Anyone who does not understand this should read Romans 11:1-11.

A God who sends people to Hell?