I try to be a regular person. I try and worry about the mundane things in life; when I’m going to find time to decorate for Christmas, what stores have the best deals, which recipe for sweet potatoes will taste the best. Nothing wrong with thinking about those things, it’s what keeps life running smoothly, especially when you’re trying to manage a family.
However, in the midst of day-to-day thinking, I seem to have a constant barrage of news stories following me. It’s my fault. I don’t find myself extraordinary; but I do feel like I need to know what’s going on and attempt to tie it all together. It’s been this way for years now. Some stories in the news are as old as time; murder, theft. Some stories seem to be getting progressively worse.
Which leads me to what has been nagging at me lately; stories that seem to tie things of a spiritual nature together in a sad sort of way. Let me lay out some of them for you and we can see what we find together.
About 45 percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas because of financial pressures. “When Christmas is so seemingly widespread and it appears that everyone is participating, it makes ‘opting out’ rather difficult,” Brown said.
I’ve known for a long time that Christmas is less about Jesus and more about shopping, but the idea of skipping Christmas because you can’t afford it completely loses sight of what’s important. And isn’t ‘opting out’ an interesting concept. Perhaps you can opt out of the commercial part, but what about the spiritual part? But before we tackle that, what is the ‘normal’ financial cost of Christmas?
According to a study performed by the American Research Group, Inc., Americans will be spending more money on gifts in 2012 than they did last year. In 2011, the average American spent $646 on holiday gifts. In 2012, it is expected that the average American will be spending $854 in gifts for friends and loved ones. It should come as no surprise that the average cost of gifts is so high. With advertisements for big sales everywhere, there is a greater chance for impulse buys and overspending.
“With advertisements for big sales everywhere, there is a greater chance for impulse buys and overspending.” Interesting statement. So if Jesus Christ was advertised everywhere in relation to Christmas, would He be irresistible as well? Well, on an antidotal note, when I was in school we all said Merry Christmas and no one ever acted offended. Try that today.
Well, how is our spiritual health doing? What are the media and other outlets telling our society about Jesus Christ and how critical He is to our lives and our eternity? Warning. It’s not pretty.
Foxx began to quip that the atmosphere of the awards show reminded him of a church service. “It’s like church over here,” he said. “It’s like church in here.” But then, as Foxx began to mimic what might take place in a church service, he switched out the name of Jesus Christ with another. “First of all, give honor to God,” Foxx declared, and then added after a slight pause, “and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama!”
I cannot believe that the audience clapped at this statement. But I should believe it, because there’s more.
Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds,” the poster adds.
“I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society…, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor,” she added.
The painting, called “Truth,” shows the president with a crown of thorns on his head and his arms outstretched in a pose that recalls the crucifixion of Christ.
Finally, we have the yearly fights and protests about any sort of Christian themed display in any public square. Except every year they seem to take it a bit farther.
Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, added that “Christians tend to think they own the month of December. We don’t agree. No month is free from pagan reverie! In celebrating the Winter Solstice, we celebrate reality.”
‘It’s a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home, something like our savior had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested,’
There are more stories if you want to find them. I prefer not to, as the protesting groups get enough attention from other sources.
The whole point of this is that people want to cancel Christmas because they don’t have any idea why we celebrate this holiday or they have forgotten why it’s so important.
The message of the birth of Jesus gets lost in shouts of ‘pagan holiday’ and ‘freedom from religion,’ that are shouted like ‘FIRE” in a crowded theater. Combine that with the clamor of commerce to buy, buy, buy and confusing president Obama as our savior and you have the perfect combination of elements to make Jesus take a back seat, if He gets a seat at all.
Sure, we can wear our ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ buttons and ‘Jesus is the reason for the Season’ car magnets, but if we don’t focus on what’s truly important, none of this is worth it.
So, this holiday season, focus on these things:
-Making sure your children really understand what this holiday means.
-Do something for someone in need.
-Completely resist the clarion call to make this holiday about stuff.
-Combat the world’s attempt to make human beings the Savior.
Remember that it’s at home where the world’s messages can be dulled and the true messages of Jesus and Christmas can be told. However, never forget that our children and our friends and family face a constant barrage of Christmas fallacies that we need to tend to. As aliens in this world, we should be prepared to face the onslaught with discernment and wisdom. Remember to stay vigilant and on guard to what is going on outside our doors.
And let me know if you have a good recipe for sweet potatoes.