Christmas traditions are being played out all around us right now. Great music and sounds of Christmas, holiday cheer and gatherings of friends, parades and lights and decorations and adorned trees are all a part of our traditional Christmas. A relatively recent tradition has appeared where there is a great turmoil over Christ and Christmas. Some are “offended” by the religious aspects of Christmas and the mention of Jesus Christ. Of course this amuses me because there would have never been a Christmas at all apart from the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Then the church folks get “offended” by the non-church folk and campaigns get underway to “keep Christ” in Christmas!
I do realize that “Christ is in Christmas” no matter how a person feels about or views Christmas because Christ is Lord. But, all this back and forth about “keeping Christ in Christmas” really didn’t begin with the Christmas season. It began when people in the church started rewriting and rewiring Christianity to suit their own needs. I have noticed through the years that Christ is often forgotten about by large segments of the church during the summer. Also during great weather. Also during bad weather. Also during so-so weather. Also during hot weather. Also during cold weather. Also during football season. Also during busy times. Also during slow times. Well, you get the idea. We have a pretty noticeable track record among Christians of forgetting Christ. It is evident in lack of regard for reading and obeying scripture. It is evident in little praying. It is evident in Christian lives that resemble the world more than Christ.
It seems rather disingenuous for the church and church folks to get stirred up about “Christ in Christmas” when the church seems to have already forgotten Christ so much of the previous parts of the year! A new year is fast approaching along with many new resolutions! Perhaps the best one we could make would be to “remember” Christ in our life as Lord each and every day. That would certainly line up with scripture and we would already be celebrating Christ as Lord when Christmas arrives next year!
Don’t worry about keeping Jesus first! He is! Rather, be concerned about submitting to Him 24/7 – 365 days a year!