I purchased a car magnet last week at Lifeway Christian bookstore that says, “Keep CHRIST in Christmas.” I bought it on impulse when I saw it because the whole wishing people “Happy Holidays” because it’s politically incorrect to say “Merry Christmas” anymore drives me insane.
Here’s the thing, though. And tell me if you find yourself doing this. When you’re in a store, do you hesitate to wish the clerk a Merry Christmas? I find that I do. I’ve bought into the whole PC thing. It’s not automatic for me to say Merry Christmas anymore. Why is that? I mean, I’m a Christian and have been for most of my life. I KNOW “the reason for the season.” I know that Jesus coming to earth in the form of an infant is the reason for my joy, not just during Christmas, but all year through. So why would I hesitate to make that known in such a small way to a total stranger? I’m not ashamed of my love for the Lord, so why am I concerned that I will offend someone by saying “Merry Christmas?”
That person may not know Jesus as his or her personal Savior. They may be thinking that their life has no meaning, that no one cares for them. What if God put that person in my path for the sole purpose of having me say Merry Christmas so they could ask me if it really is? While I believe that God will still reach that person whether or not I allow myself to be used by Him that day, what a blessing I will have missed out on because I worried he or she might be offended. More importantly, it might cost them the opportunity to know THAT day that God loves them, and that He sent His Son to come to this world for them. That if they were the only person on this earth, God would still have sent Jesus here to die for them. Oh yes, it definitely is a MERRY CHRISTmas!
Just something to think about next time you’re out and about during this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas, indeed!