I’ve seen a lot of it lately. You probably have too, if you subscribe to certain social media platforms. People from all around the globe proclaiming, “This person gladly says Merry Christmas!” or “Christians don’t say Happy Holidays, they say Merry Christmas!”
Our new President Elect has even promised to put “Merry Christmas” back into places from which it has previously been removed and many people are simply ecstatic about that.
I’m a Christian and, I don’t know about you, but I have always said Merry Christmas. There has never been a law regarding our freedom to say it, at least that I know of, even though there have been a huge number of people, from atheists to Muslims, who have been offended by our saying it.
And that is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to being a Christian. At least in my eyes.
What do we do? Do we stoop to the same level by arguing that we are offended by their lack of saying what WE deem to be appropriate as Christians? Can we expect non-Christians or those from another faith to embrace our own personal beliefs?
Let me stop right there and say that I do not believe that anyone should have the right to take away our rights based on whether or not they are offended, but are we saying that we also mean that they should do as we do?
They say that the biggest cause of atheism in America is Christianity. I don’t know, maybe somebody made that up or maybe it was supposed to be funny, but whatever the reasoning, I can certainly see where it comes from. I know that before I gave my life to God, I was EXTREMELY put off by self-righteous Christians who had no problem in telling me just how quickly my actions would send me to hell. I’ve even had some “Christians” tell me that I’m going to hell even since I’ve had a relationship with God. But I digress…
I know you’re probably quoting that quote I’ve used a million times myself that says, in essence, all it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing, and that’s true in certain situations. The Bible says that there are different ways to approach people, and we should be discerning enough in our spirits to know that. If we are truly witnessing instead of just going along on our way, then we DO have a stand to take and points to make, but attacking people where they are is not the way to do it.
I don’t care if someone chooses to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. If nothing else, it alerts me to the fact that they are either unbelievers or liberals and in either case, it isn’t the prime time to start a theological debate about the political correctness of holiday greetings.
I’m reminded of an old song we use to sing in youth services at church and at the Christian Camp where I worked. It says, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
Will they know I’m a Christian? I don’t know. God doesn’t grant the gift of discernment to just everyone, but I know that I want to be known as a Proverbs 31 woman, having the “law of kindness” on my tongue. There are certain battles that, as Christians, we have a right to fight. The Bible also says that knowing what is right and not doing it is a sin, but I’m just not sure it pertains to picking a fight in this situation.
Either way, I intend to have just as much a Merry Christmas as everyone else 🙂 And I will certainly be saying so, with absolutely no malice in my heart against those that choose not to say it to me.
Just like always 🙂