To the barricades, Christians! Our most important holiday is under attack. We must mobilize to defend ourselves and our traditions, and the time has now come to turn our guns inward.
We have recently discovered that some of our most cherished Christmas melodies contain destructive messages. Yes, the enemy has infiltrated the very Christmas Carols that we hold dear. Beware of these songs:
- Winter Wonderland – The frivolous building of a snowman in the meadow, purported to be a certain “Parson Brown,” creates disrespect for the important role of the clergy.
- Here We Come a Wassailing – It’s fine to bless the master of the house, but pronouncing a blessing “on his mistress too” is an unacceptable endorsement of immorality.
- Do You Hear What I Hear – The introduction of a mythical talking lamb, no matter what he says to the shepherd boy, will only encourage children to watch dangerous Disney movies.
- Frosty the Snowman – He “only paused a moment” when he heard the Law Enforcement Officer holler “Stop!” Our men and women in blue deserve better.
- Auld Lang Syne – Rather than taking that “cup of kindness yet” (as if we didn’t know what was in it), we must take a principled stand against such subtle encouragement to drunkenness.
Yes, the time has come for true lovers of Christmas to defend the holiday against all threats, from without and from within. We must protect it all costs, because it is fragile and desperately needs our protection. We must follow the example of Christ, who defended His personal rights whenever they were challenged, who mocked those who saw the world through different lenses, who … uh … lashed out when He was threatened … and … um … demanded that people say things that pleased him… complained when he was unpopular… and wore buttons that said …
OK, maybe not.
Maybe instead, we should approach this issue differently. Can I make some suggestions?
Maybe it’s time for us to recognize that the sales clerk who says “Happy Holidays” is NOT trying to offend us, but is trying to AVOID offending people who don’t celebrate the holiday the way we do.
Maybe it’s time for us to understand that our culture has changed, that there is a growing percentage of people who are hostile to what we believe, and that forcing them to say Merry Christmas will not change that fact.
Maybe it’s time for us to humbly realize that we may be responsible for some of that hostility. The One whose birthday we celebrate commanded us to take a look at the log in our own eyes before pointing out the splinter in the eyes of others. Might that command apply here?
Maybe it’s time for us to see that some of the people who shout the loudest about the War on Christmas are actually looking for our support, either through our votes or through TV ratings. Might they lack objectivity in light of that, and sometimes exaggerate the problem?
Maybe it’s time for us to interact graciously and lovingly with people from all walks of life and all kinds of worldviews, not demanding that they please us, but looking for ways to serve them. Jesus was good at that, and Scripture talks a lot about imitating Him. Fulfilling that challenging goal will give us little time to take offense at the way someone says goodbye in December.
Friends, I hope we will dial it back a little in the War on Christmas. It doesn’t bring out the best in us, which tells me that maybe it’s the wrong war, being fought in the wrong way, with the wrong mindset. Surely we have better places to spend that energy.
For now, let’s spend it celebrating! I hope you have a wonderful holi… I mean, CHRISTMAS season.
And I was only kidding about the Christmas carols. Most of them anyway…Frosty is kinda creepy.
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