Holiday Rant

I was shopping with MadMommaMonk this weekend and we went into the nearest store — a Target.  As we entered, MadMommaMonk informed me she was breaking a rule of hers by shopping there.  It seems Target has replaced Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays in their advertising. 

Well, MadMomma, I must respectfully disagree with you on this one.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  We should not be surprised when the world behaves, well, worldly. 

Targets consumers include people who will be buying for Chanukah, Kwanzaa and other purposes.  While the majority are purchasing for Christmas, they are purchasing for a Christmas foreign to the Bible.  For while the Bible proclaims the story of Jesus’ birth, a day commemorating His birth is never mentioned.  And if it was mentioned, I am quite confident it wouldn’t include the crass commercialism we attach to the holiday today. Target may be doing us a favor by distancing what is happening in their store with Christ.  

I remember a day when Christians loudly protested that consumerism was overshadowing the true message of the day.  We have now not only joined in that gross display of greed and excess, but we protest when a house of greed attempts to create a separation between the two. 

For those of you who have dismissed me as a heretic who has no scruples, let me say there are companies with whom I will do no business for ethical reasons.  But this is a phony reason.  Christians need not expect the world to hold up and proclaim the name of Christ.  That is our duty, not theirs.  This is a time when our efforts would be better spent proclaiming the name of our Savior rather than whining about the world not proclaiming His name. 



6 responses to “Holiday Rant

  1. It’s more than that. Christian employees may work at that store. If they are not allowed to say Merry Christmas, it is discrimination against Christians. It’s taking away freedom of speech because of someone’s beliefs. Are we to sit back while they do this? Maybe this is not an important area to you, but every time we allow the world to get a foothold, we are binding our own testimony. We are saying that our belief is not worthy of fighting for, whether it is in the stores or the schools.

  2. Rochelle,

    I may scare you off with this, but I must disagree with you. Nowhere in the bible do we see Christians asserting their “rights”. This is a part of our comtemporary culture. A reading of church history will show men and women of faith, when faced with persecution reacted by doing what was right and facing the consequences. Today we assert our rights and call our lawyer.
    When we work for someone, we should submit outselves to their authority (Ephesians 6:5-8). This, of course, does not mean we disobey the commands of God, but I am never commanded in scripture to celebrate Christmas.
    A large “Pro-family” organization put out a press release exclaiming victory because Lowe’s has decided next year they will have “Christmas Trees” and not “Holiday Trees”. A victory that is neither theological or biblical is no victory.
    Out duty to advance the Kingdom comes not from wishing someone a “Merry Christmas”, but by living out our faith and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    My belief IS worth fighting for. I do not count extra-biblical holidays as foundational to my faith and will exercise caution when defending or fighting for those things outside the scope of Scripture.
    I do not mean to sound harsh as I say this, just to clearly expound my view of this situation.
    And by the way, thanks for reading and commenting. It had been so long since someone commented, I thought no one was reading.
    I also appreciate the subject matter. You may have just inspired me to create another post.

  3. The Bible says to rejoice, actually commands us to. The Scriptures are replete with references to celebrations, some based on seasons like harvest-time, but for the purpose of rejoicing in our God and His provision, and gathering together to take pleasure as a family in our shared belief and faith. Christmas is not in the Bible; however, celebrations like it are. The word grandfather is not in the Bible; however, actual examples of them are. I don’t know your background and I hope I don’t offend. IF I do, let me know as I in no way want to cause a rift with a brother. I hope that we can simply reason together. I know that a certain denomination does not allow music in their worship service because it is not mentioned in the New Testament. To me, they seem to ignore God’s love of music that is in the Old Testament and He is the God who never changes. (Praise Him! Someone we can always count on!) I see your reasoning as similar to this.
    May our discussion be to His Honor and Glory.

  4. Sorry. One more point to bring up. We are also commanded to obey our governments. In this area, I think our country is unique. WE are our government. We are a part of the checks and balances and are called (by our government) to right the wrongs. Maybe this is a simplistic way of saying it or even believing, but this is what I was taught about our country’s government.

  5. Rochelle,

    Thanks for the comments. And don’t worry, I am very difficult to offend. Just so you know, I am Reformed Baptist. I believe we probably completely agree on this issue, but may be looking at it from different perspectives. I am looking narrowly at the complaint by some that the world is trying to remove Christ from Christmas. And I absolutely agree. They are.

    But I believe it is a mistake for us to put a lot of effort into complaining about it for several reasons.
    1) It makes Christians look like a bunch of whiney babies.
    2) The world is, after all, worldly. We shouldn’t be surprised when they attempt to secularize a holiday.
    3) Our duty to advance the Kingdom is rooted in living right and spreading the gospel.

    My family does celibrate Christmas. I am not anti-Christian holidays and we not only have an organ and piano in our church, but we even use the piano at times during our family worship.

    The point I have tried (unsuccessfully) to make is the way we should use to reform the world is not with political power or boycotts, but with the gospel.

    I’m not going to ask the world to put Christ in Christmas. I will do so in the way I celebrate Christmas with my family and teach my children to do the same.

    I’m not going to fight for prayer in public schools, I’m going to homeschool my children and teach them to pray without ceasing.

    I’m not going to try to advance righteousness by attempting to influence my legislators, but by living righteously in the grace of God and teaching my children to do the same.

    In a nutshell, I believe Christians should spend more time being personally responsible and less time expecting politicians and companys to do what is right. The world cannot be counted on to do the right thing. And if we want our country to be more righteous, the way to accomplish that is by spreading the gospel and expanding the Kingdom.

    A little lengthy, but I hope that clarifies my point.

  6. Thank you! I have really enjoyed this. May I ask what a Reformed Baptist is? I am Baptist; however, I don’t know the differences within the denomination. BTW, we homeschool, too.

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