It’s that time of year again- when all of the “Christians” get all up in an uproar over stores using Happy Holidays or Merry Xmas in their signage or advertisements instead of the “preferred” Merry Christmas. I’ve become increasingly convinced that many of the things that we as Christians make a big deal out of simply aren’t. A blog I read this morning dealt with this subject well and outlined some things that are more significant than worrying over a “Happy Holidays” greeting:
So when people get angry when someone says “Happy Holidays,” I get angry that they are angry. If you want to keep Christ in Christmas, worry about things more important than the signs and decorations at JC Penney. You think Christmas should be about Christ? Then take up your cross and follow Jesus – not into department stores, but into the prisons, the hospitals, among the poor and the outcast. You get angry when someone doesn’t say “Christmas?” Try getting angry over Christ’s children dying of malnutrition or AIDS. Try getting angry over the fact that the Christmas chocolate you love so much was kept cheap on the back of the working poor. Try getting angry over the fact that Christians are keeping people out of churches with their closed minds and closed doors.
Did that hurt your feelings just a little? Good. The rest of the post will to. Head on over to his blog and read the rest of his Happy Holidays post. Sometimes we need our feelings hurt to help us realize what is truly important…and frankly…what isn’t important. So your favorite retailer says Happy Holidays? Ok. It’s their business. You don’t have to shop their, and would be well within your rights to choose to shop elsewhere. Instead of getting all upset and in a tizzy over it- show them Christ. That’s what’s really important that those around us see Christ in us, not that they say “Merry Christmas”
Living for His Glory,