Love Christmas, Hate the Selling of the Season
I love Christmas but I hate the selling of the season. Sounds paradoxical but it’s true. Christmas is a holiday that reminds all of us Christians that Jesus, the Son of God, loved us so much that he was born into the flesh of man and spent his life saving us. Sounds corny but it’s true for Christians.
I remember reading a short essay about the impact of Jesus on the world. He led no great armies. He had no palaces. He was just a man who in his own way gave us an example of goodness for all to follow. Even among the followers of Islam Jesus is numbered as a prophet.
The essay continues by saying that all of the armies, navies and the air forces in the history of the world did not have as much impact as this one soul. Where there was hate and division, he preached love and inclusion.
Every time I hear a politician making negative comments, especially in front of so-called Christian Conservatives, I think of the story of Jesus and the prostitute. That’s the one where the woman was about to be stoned when Jesus came upon them and says, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
At this time of the year Jesus and his lessons to us sometimes get lost amid the clutter and hysteria of the season. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other new benchmarks have pushed the very meaning of Christmas to the background.
Is it more important to get those lights up on the house or to spend some time helping those less fortunate? Have we as a society lost our way amid the commercialization of Christmas?
This year we will be spending our Christmas in what I hope is true Christmas fashion. My wife’s uncle, childless and a widower, had a stroke several weeks ago. He lives about six hours away and we went to see him in the hospital right after he was admitted. He’s now going through a difficult period of rehabilitation. We’ll all be with him on Christmas: my in-laws, my wife, our daughter and myself. We’ll be there to celebrate Christmas as it should be.