Keeping Christ in Christmas so we can sleep in?

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I just Googled “Christ out of Christmas.” With quotes I got 88 results and 1,950 without quotes. There has been much talk of companies taking Christ out of Christmas. Talk done by governments, news organizations, department stores, etc. Many of these places are replacing the Christmas tree with “Holiday” tree or have rules which forbid employees from saying “Merry Christmas”. This has frustrated many Christians and been deemed unfair.

I don’t really like it either, but it’s not as if these organizations actually had Christ in Christmas as it were. He’s been missing as the center of attention for quite sometime. For all time? Maybe we could rename the trees – Commerce trees, Capitalism trees or Shopping trees. The problem is that the holiday is still called Christmas. So do we fight for it or just leave the name alone? Do we want our Lord’s name used to promote economic gain?

I don’t have a good answer, but maybe some mega-churches do. How about no service on Christmas Sunday! Perfect, right? Wrong!

I am not saying that the folks fighting to keep Christ’s name in Christmas are the same ones who want to cancel Christmas service. My comparison is to say – those Christians canceling services are actually the ones taking Christ out of Christmas. And just to top off the tree, they are doing it on the Lord’s Day.

Christmas, at least for Christians, is the day we set aside to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Then we have the Lord’s Day as laid out, for example, in the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession. Even folks who don’t hold to the “Lord’s Day” usually view Sunday as a special day to worship. So we have two counts of removing Christ as the center this Christmas: 1. the Lord’s Day in which the Body does not come together to worship Christ corporately and 2. the tradition of celebrating Christ’s birth which the Body also will not come together to celebrate.

Where are all the protesters who have been protesting Christ being removed from the secular? If the world sees us complaining so much about removing the name Christmas, yet at the same time worship service on that day is canceled, how should we expect to be seen? Some of the largest and most visible churches are not having worship service on Christmas day. There are several news articles, but let’s just use one of the more popular articles from Breitbart.com.

Among the other megachurches closing on Christmas Day are Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville, Ky., near Lexington, and Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas. North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., outside of Atlanta, said on its Web site that no services will be held on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, which also falls on a Sunday. A spokesman for North Point did not respond to requests for comment.

These churches are probably very influential in their communities. I know for a fact the North Point Community is.

Hey, at least Lakewood is having Marcos Witt for services that weekend even though Joel Osteen won’t be there.

The reasons given at the Breitbart.com story are basically summed up by Willow Creek’s spokeswoman Cindy Parkinson who said

“If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don’t go to church, how likely is it that they’ll be going to church on Christmas morning?”

Where is Christ in that answer? The center of our worship should be for believers to come together and worship their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are not to structure our worship services around whether the unchurched or unbeliever may or may not avail themselves on a certain day.

And Christians wonders why the church’s influence on society slowly slips away.

Final rant: Want to protest something? Let’s protest the Mormons for using Jesus Christ name in their name and the Jehovah’s Witnesses for using the Jehovah in their name. Let’s protest any pseudo-Christian cult that uses the Bible and Jesus’ name claiming to be Christianity. Talk about bringing the debate over orthodoxy to light…..

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