Keeping Christ Out of Christmas?

I ran across an article titled “Keep Christ Out of X-Mas: Christ Doesn’t Belong in Christmas Anymore, A Secular Christmas is a Christ-less X-Mas” written by Austin Cline on About.com

Now initially I wanted to get upset, but was convicted by my own words. So I read the entire article and tried to comprehend the article through the eyes of the author. I think it’s a good article, but believe that it should be marketed more in Christian and Religious periodicals and websites. But that’s like me publishing an article for the Klan, but we all know THAT WOULDN’T EVEN HAPPEN ON THE COLDEST DAY IN HELL. So I thought I would write something about the subject and ask you to keep an open mind as you read it.

Christmas began as a Christian feast on December 25th and among some Eastern Orthodox Christians on January 7th to commemorate the birth of Christ. Now if December 25th is the actual date of the birth of Christ no one knows and I believe is impossible for anyone to know.

The concept of Christmas has been distorted by corporations with the cooperation of individuals who perpetuate the lie.

There are some individuals who believe that Christ should be kept out of Christmas because it has become a secular holiday. Although I understand the argument and partially agree that it’s an alternative, I think that Christ is still the initial reason for this season.

Now before either Christmas group you belong get up in arms hear me out.

Christmas has become a secular holiday, because many Christians have allowed it to become secular. Many have forgotten the true meaning behind it. We are more caught up in the fairytale, romance and seduction of Christmas and omit to focus on the substance of the season; giving. So I can understand and partially agree with the Agnostic and/or Atheist argument for removing Christ from Christmas, because the holiday appears to have lost its meaning.

Jesus Christ is not Santa Clause and Santa Clause is not real, but Christ is. Once Christians realize their role in the Santa Clausification of Christ and quit perpetuating a secular ideology in form of some mythical character and bring back the reason for the season Christmas will remain what it is today, another forgotten Christian tradition and another secular success story.

So Christians shouldn’t be upset at the Agnostic or Atheist for their beliefs or courage to speak them. If you call yourself a Christian you should welcome opposing views or beliefs. Instead of directing anger or contempt for a non-believer, direct that at the source of that supports the non-belief. This is often the actions of some believers. To be a Christian is to be ambassadors for Christ-like living, a Christian Lifestyle. How do you explain getting upset at any challenge to your belief system? Perhaps it is your opportunity to demonstrate the value of that belief system to someone who may not understand or subscribe to it.

We sing “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”, but how can you light or enlighten the world if you cover that light with the shade of Santa Clause or the shade of division within the church. If the church is to be the “moral police” of the world we must come together as one force instead of the fragmented rag-tag groups of “Barney Fife’s” (No disrespect to the late Don Knots).

(Side Note: Doesn’t the belief that there is no God means you must belief that there is a God to not believe in? But that’s another topic for another day, believe what you want. God gave us all free will.)

I don’t know why I can’t get away from this, I’m not trying to sound a certain way. I only want to share my thoughts, ideas and so on and so on you know the rest. It’s alright for you to disagree with me and you can keep doing exactly what you’re doing. I’m not coming against you, but just sharing my challenge with you.

*For those who actually read this far, this is where you can throw your verbal rocks at me in forms of comments. If you just skipped to this part, the short is that I am a Christian, but understand the argument of the author of the reference source below.

Sources of References & Inspiration:
About.com: Agnosticism/Atheism “Keep Christ Out of X-Mas
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4 thoughts on “Keeping Christ Out of Christmas?

  1. Good article. Christmas has been overrated for years by companies. It is up to parents to teach their children the history and true meaning behind all holidays (Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc). If we don’t tell them, they will believe everything they see on t.v. and in ads. Stop lying to your kids.

  2. It is hypothesized that Christ was born in August (though I haven’t actually researched that claim). Santa is based off of a myriad of individuals, so we could consider it to be real, in a sense. The Holy King, the Norse god Odin, and the Catholic saint Saint Nicholas all contributed to the figure. Saturnalia and other such festivals were also celebrated at the same season, at Roman times.

    There are many people who have attacked the “is Jesus real” issue, so I’m not going to. There’s an abundance of argument on both sides, and most of it is quite fascinating as long as it remains intellectual. A deeper question is, perhaps, does it have to be?

    Yule, as a pagan, is the holiday that I celebrate. It is the Solstice, the switch from darkness to light, the shortest day of the year. My argument against having the concept of Christmas prevail is simple… It’s not everyone’s holiday. Can’t we simply label it the ambiguous Holiday Season? I’m not sure why this is offensive to most Christians, and perhaps you can enlighten me on the subject. Why is it so important to tramp upon Hanukkah, the Solstice, Kwanzaa, and whatever else happens to be celebrated around the world at this time?

  3. I actually think that having a season based around Santa Clause and Christmas carols and the like without reference to Jesus is not a bad thing at all. Instead of allowing only Christians to spend Christmastime praying and reflecting on the birth of Christ, a secular holiday universalizes that spirit which you say Christmas was meant to inspire: giving.

    The only other holiday in the U.S. that is of a similar importance to us is the Fourth of July. Is it a bad thing that some people celebrate our independence by shooting off fireworks and getting drunk rather than quietly meditating on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers? Not at all, since the freedom people have to choose how to celebrate is only a further illustration of our American principles.

    Likewise with Christmas, we may know that Jesus is the reason for the season, but the message is more important than the man himself. Whatever means are necessary to inspire people of all faiths or of no faith to be kind and give charitably — whether it be an extensive home display of blinking lights or sending out cards to wish your friends “Happy Holidays” — can never be bad. It creates an American tradition, rather than a religious one, and especially in hard times like these we need to be helping our fellow Americans, regardless of what they believe.

    1. Alright, how did you know that I was thinking about writing something along the same lines on Independence Day. That’s scary. Well maybe everyone will forget this comment before July 4, 2009.

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