As an expat living overseas, I try to keep up with the news from America. I’ve followed several stories about the “War on Christmas.” Stories of controversies involving nativity scenes, Christmas greetings, and Christmas trees.
It saddens me to read stories where the religious meaning of Christmas is being attacked. Yet, I’m not surprised. When Christ came to this world over 2000 years ago, some greeted him with joy, but many received him with hate. Things have not changed much since Christ’s birth.
I am concerned that in our quest for justice concerning our rights as Christians, we are detracting from the One whose birth we are celebrating. We must be careful to not let our nativity scenes become idols. The living and breathing Christ is the center of Christmas, not a carved statue in a manger scene. No one can take Christ out of my heart, or my Christmas.
Christ came and “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:7) Instead of reacting to the “War on Christmas” with arguments and a mean spirit, let us copy Christ’s example of being a servant to others and respond with love, grace, and humility.
My prayer is that each of us will keep Christ as the center of Christmas. He is the true gift of of the season.
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas!