The War of the Holidays

Our Pastor, Rob Morgan, preached a very thought provoking message this Sunday at The Donelson Fellowship.  I will be sharing quite a bit of it in the days ahead but I loved his introduction.  As soon as he started it I wrote down “BLOG INTRO” on my worship program.  He made reference to the “taking Christ out of Christ” war going on now as well as the current debate between Christians and atheists – specifically in the battle of the billboards.  But Pastor Rob put it well.  No matter how you try to do it Christ cannot be removed from the holiday season.  So, here is Pastor Rob’s intro.  I think you will like it.

If they want to call it Christmas, we’ll point out that the first

six letters of that word spell our Savior’s name.

• If they want to call it a holiday, that’s fine; we’ll simply

remind them that the word holiday is derived from the

words “holy day,” and it refers to the holiness of the birth

of Christ.

• If they want to call it Yuletide, that’s fine. That’s the old

phrase for the twelve days of Christmas, which people in

olden times called the Feast of the Nativity.

• If they want to talk about the seasonal holiday, we’ll tell

them how Jesus came in due season and in the fullness of

time.

• If they want to talk about Santa Claus, we’re happy to explain

that there really was a Christian leader named Saint Nicholas

who lived in the city of Myra, Turkey, in the fourth century,

and who was famous for his generous gifts to the poor.

• If they want to talk about gift-giving, I’ll tell them about the

Magi who brought the first Christmas gifts to the Magi.

• If they want talk about the songs and sounds of the season,

I’ll tell them about the first choirs that filled the Bethlehem

skies on the night Christ was born.

• If they want to talk about Kwanzaa, we’ll remind them of the

great African-American spiritual made famous by the Jubilee

Singers of Fisk University: “Go Tell it on the Mountain that

Jesus Christ is Born.”

• If they want talk about Hanukkah, we’ll talk about Christ as

the Light of the World, the personification and fulfillment of

the Jewish Menorah that stood in the ancient temple.

• And if they want to use the phrase Xmas, we’ll just point out

that the “X” is the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter

and the symbol of Christ.

I’m just saying that it’s a little hard to get Christ out of Christmas,

don’t you think?

 

So, no matter how you put it Christ is gonna be in Christmas.  You can’t change it.  It just IS.   Jesus is the reason for the season and you can’t remove him from it. So, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Merry Xmas!!

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