by Gray Graham
It seems like a lot of people have left Christ out of Christmas. I do not mean that in the way that so many people are saying it today.
Let's talk about Christmas for a second. We are going to ignore the historical context and just talk about the holiday at face value. We are going to treat Christmas as if it is the time of peace on Earth and good will towards men.
Tell me if this is something you see being displayed everyday by the Christians that celebrate Christmas. What I see instead of love and good will, is anger and threats. Is this how Jesus would act? Is this how he told us to act?
I know many people view this country as some great holy Christian nation that is suppose to either save or destroy the world depending on our mood. The promised land of the new world. If we actually took a second to look at the real history of this country and what we have done, we would see that God's teachings have been missing in practice the entire time. We as a nation have not followed the teachings of God and if we had then we would not be having the problems we have today.
I am not even talking about slavery, indentured servants, killing the first Americans, or denying rights to women. Let's just talk about modern things that we do. The two that come to mind are war, health care, and taxes. All of the things that Jesus spoke out against, yet we do them today. We fight wars across the world to preserve our power, we complain about paying taxes when we are wealthy, and we don't want to take care of the sick and poor.
Everyone that actually has read the Bible or simply studied the life of Jesus Christ, will know that all these things go against every message that he taught, yet some of us do them and do them in the name of Jesus. We get angry when someone doesn't want to put up a Christmas tree or say Merry Christmas. We want to shout at people about how Jesus is their savior, but we deny his teachings in every aspect of our life.
So I would say to those people that think that just because they say Merry Christmas, that they are recognizing Jesus. You are sadly mistaken. Your actions speak louder than your hollow words. So when you see people in need and ignore them, when you give people anger instead of love because they are different than you, when you spend excessively, when you are into gluttony , and when you get drunk all in the name Christmas, just remember that in the eyes of God you are a bigger offender than that person you are upset with who does not say “Merry Christmas”.
Saying Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior is more than just a slogan, it is a way of life everyday you are alive. So instead of saying Merry Christmas why don't you try living as Merry Christians, true followers of Christ. You might be surprised by the results that you get.