Okay. By now you're dashing through the snow at break-neck speed toward Christmas Day 2009. During the next few days, no doubt we'll hear the words "Merry Christmas" less and other phrases will be substituted such as "Happy Holidays" "Season's Greetings", and yes, even the dreaded...... "Merry X-mas"!
Now - before you get your tinsel all tied in a knot, may I offer some suggestions to help you sooth your righteous indignation when someone wishes you anything BUT a Merry Christmas? Thanks.
First of all, let me start by saying that we shouldn't be upset at this. Now, before you string me up and burn me in effigy, let me finish. Jesus Himself told us that this would happpen. The world didn't exactly love Him.......(let's face it, getting beat to a pulp and nailed to a cross isn't exactly rolling out the Welcome Wagon, now is it)? He told us that if the world hated Him, the world will hate us, too. "The servant is not above his master..." He told us. So, we shouldn't surprised or even upset when this begins to happen. It just shows us that we are indeed living in the last days.
"Don't get upset about this, Danny?" "Are you nuts?" Most of the time, yes. But this time, no. Let me ask you a question. Do you get mad at a blind person because they're blind? No. Do you get upset with a cripple because they can't walk? I hope not. Then why do you get upset with a world that's lost and can't possible understand or discern spiritual things? 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us.... "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned." (ESV)
So, let me help you get through these last few days before Christmas without getting your spiritual feathers all ruffled. When someone wishes you "HAPPY HOLIDAY", simply reply to them, "Thank you for wishing me a Happy HOLY-Day." The word "holiday" is derived from two words - "Holy" and "Day". So, let them know that the reason Christmas is indeed a "Holy-Day" is because of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I told a lady just yesterday, "Yes, Christmas is a Holy Day, and Jesus makes me VERY happy!"
What about "SEASON'S GREETINGS"? Simply point out to them that the last three letters of the word "Season" are....... you guessed it.... "son". Point out to them that the "Son" in "Season" is none other than the precious Son of God, the One whose birthday we celebrate this time of year.
What about the dreaded, awful "MERRY X-MAS"? I'll be honest and tell you that one really used to burn my biscuits. Until just recently, God revealed to me a great truth and now when I see or hear "X-mas", it BLESSES me instead of BURNS me! Turn that "X" at a 45 degree angle, and what do you have? A cross. As a matter of fact, if you study Roman history, crosses for execution weren't originally like the cross Jesus was crucified on. It was a literal "X" of two boards crossed. The victim was placed on the X with his arms on the top two sections and the feet spread out on the lower two sections. So, "X-mas" really ties both Christmas AND Easter together by reminding me that Jesus was born to DIE. Man, that rocks my socks!
So, go ahead. You can even use these above phrases to share your faith in Jesus this December. Wish someone a Merry X-mas, and when they respond to you indignantly, lovingly explain to them what I just shared with you. It will bless a believer, and share the Gospel with a non-believer.
And Jesus will be glorified regardless!