Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.
Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday
Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday. Every Year about this time we believer’s get our feathers in a dander from the politically correct, non-offensive Christmas reference of “Happy holidays”.
NOTE: I originally posted this last year and received such good responses, I thought I would share these thoughts again. Merry Christmas everybody! To God be the glory!
Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday. Barnhart's Dictionary of Etymology offers a bit more: “Old English had a concurrent open compound halig daeg, found later in Middle English holy day, which became modern English holiday, meaning both a religious festival and a day of recreation. This eventually replaced the earlier form haliday, leaving two forms holiday and holy day.”
Based on this definition what should our response be to “Happy Holidays” ? Should we get all offended and feel as though we need to "educate" the offending party? I do know that they (the politically correct) will defend their position with the thought of instead of saying Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year, its much easier to say “Happy Holidays”. The funny thing about that is to listen to the same people after December 25th and you won’t hear them say “Happy Holiday” but you will hear “Happy New Year!” Hmm, interesting.
The other Christmas term that gets believer’s neck hair raised is to see “X-mas” on different signs, advertisements and what not. The common man will fire off that it is just another way that the world is trying to cross or “X” Christ out of Christmas. May I remind us that the letter “X” comes from the Koine (common) Greek letter chi. It is the first letter used in the spelling of Christ "Chrístos" or in the Greek: Χρίστος". Because of the deathly persecution of the early Church many believers would use this letter secretly as a way of communicating that they were a follower of Jesus Christ.
If I was a believer in those days and thought that you might be one as well I would draw half of the letter chi in the dirt and wait to see your reaction. If you were a believer then you would draw the other half of the chi “X”. This was done just like using the fish symbol for Christ. Therefor it was common to refer to Jesus Christ with just the letter chi (X). “X” equals “Christ”. In light of this what should our response be when we see the words “Merry X-mas”? Isn't it just an abbreviated way of saying "Christmas"? Does it not really mean Christmas? Merry X-mas is Merry Chrístos-mas.
We know from other sources that mas is short for mass which means "a gathering". Therefor "Christmas" refers to a gathering of Christ. X-mas: Chrístos-mas - Christ-mas: a gathering of Christ, a gathering around Christ. Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.
I am not trying to criticize well intention-ed individuals but I think we believers defend certain words during chosen times and disregard them at others. I think we discriminate our battles with the world's way of celebrating our Christian celebrations. This almost borderlines hypocrisy.
For example, how many times have believers been around other people who constantly use our Lord’s name as a byword? Very seldom do I see or hear anyone say anything about this while I am out in the public arena and hear God’s name used that way. But wait a minute, now that it’s Christmas time we all get up in a dander over the words “holidays and X-mas”. Same thing can be witnessed at Easter time.
Easter Bunny at a church
It doesn't seem to upset Christians for the world to celebrate the Resurrection time of our Lord with the "Easter Bunny" and the folklore involved with him or "it" I should say. I am amazed at how many of us trot on down to Walmart with the rest of the world and buy huge Easter bunny baskets with lots of candy and eggs to give to our little ones just like the rest of "the world".
The children grow up with a mindset that Easter celebration is about a mysterious rabbit who gives out money in eggs and lots of candy. Seriously? That honors Christ's resurrection? Oh, and let's not get started on the Christian's celebration of the whole "Halloween" thing. Christian denominational churches profiting from the sale of pumpkins of which every tail and folklore trace back to demonic origins. Every one of them! Hmm. Interesting. I am sure you see the point. Please, just think about it. Food for thought.
So what should our Christian response be to the world’s way of celebrating our Lord’s birthday? We should pray for those who are trying to eliminate the celebration of our Lord Savior’s birth. We should yearn and pray for their salvation. Pray for that individual who might use an offensive term during Christmas time. Pray for him or her as you are walking away. We all know deep down why the world is trying to eliminate Christianity and anything reminding them of the Christian religion. They are just obeying their god’s will. Ignore The World's Way of Naming Jesus Christ's Birthday.
The world is just obeying their god's wishes.
From the Gospel of John and John's First Epistle, we know that the unregenerate man does the will of our adversary. Most of the non-Christians do this unknowingly and without any realization. We do realize that don't we?
The Bible teaches that unbelievers perform satan's bidding. Jesus said: "You (non-Christians) are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8: 44, added and emphasis mine). And again, John states: "We (Christians) know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we (Christians) are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" (1John 5: 18-19, added and emphasis mine).
What does that say about our relationships with the unredeemed? Think about this truth the next time one of your unbelieving friends or family members wants you to do something you would be ashamed of in front of other believers. Or they want you to skip church on Sunday to go and do ??? After all its harmless just to give up one day of worship isn't it? We have to ask ourselves where are those suggestions and gestures really coming from? Again, he who has ears.... More food for thought.
What should be are response to the Santa’s, Elves, commercialized, greedy, materialized, selfish “gift orientated”, worldly celebration of our Lord’s birthday? I don’t know about you, but regardless of what greeting is given to me this time of year I will respond with “and a Merry Christmas to you too”! Additionally, I am not going to allow the adversary and his people to rob me of my joy of worshiping my Lord Savior and celebrating His first coming to this earth. I am so grateful for our Father’s gift of His Son and I for one am also yearning for the next appearance of Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior and Master. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
Celebrate His birthday and worship Him regardless of the world says or does.
We will read the Christmas story at our home and we will sing happy birthday to Jesus on December 25. We will worship and celebrate Jesus Christ on that Day. I do hope that you will have a spiritual and joyful Christmas as well. And remember, it doesn't have anything to do with trees, lights, snowmen, a fellow in a red suit and commercialized gifts.
Christmas is all about celebrating the first appearance of Jesus Christ with a worshipful yearning for His next! Merry Christmas! :0)