The Banning of “Christmas”

it is no secret that many main­stream retail­ers are more and more choos­ing to broad­en their hol­i­day appeal by shun­ning the word “Christ­mas” in favor of the inclu­sive “hol­i­day” or “sea­son.”

In the inter­est of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and tol­er­ance, per­haps their approach is the way to go.

Many Chris­tians, how­ev­er, were hav­ing none of that, and fought to get some retail­ers (such as Tar­get) to relent on the word ban. We haven’t had that prob­lem at Wal-mart, yet, and though the com­mer­cials use the inclu­sive “Home for the Hol­i­days” tagline, I just read a notice from home office say­ing that we are free to use what­ev­er hol­i­day greet­ing that we want, includ­ing “Mer­ry Christ­mas.” That’s all well and good, but… 

What’s in a name? “Christ­mas” seems harm­less enough–“the cel­e­bra­tion of Christ.” And though I’m all for the dis­so­lu­tion of the hol­i­day, for me and many oth­er Chris­tians, every­day is “Christ­mas,” though with­out all the emp­ty fuss of the Decem­ber festival.

And to we who cel­e­brate Christ dai­ly, His name is pre­cious. In fact, I can state with cer­tain­ty that His is a name above all names, a name the sound of which every knee will some­day bow. “Jesus Christ is the Lord,” will fall from the lips of every man. At His name, Satan cow­ers. At His name, sin­ners become saints. At His name, the doors of Heav­en have been opened. All who will call upon His name shall be saved. His name. The pre­cious name of Jesus Christ.

What’s in a name? For the world, there is hope… love… peace… and an accep­tance that no amount of polit­i­cal­ly cor­rect tol­er­ance can make up for. In His name is truth, and answer to every ques­tion that mat­ters. And in His name is life… A life eter­nal which none oth­er could pro­vide for us.

So why would they want to ban His glo­ri­ous name? We know His name offends–it did 2,000 years ago and it will 2,000 years from now if He has tar­ried His return for that long. His name is exclu­sive. All pow­er and author­i­ty in Heav­en and in Earth have been giv­en unto Him. It does­n’t take a math­e­mati­cian to real­ize how much pow­er that leaves Allah, Bud­dha, Krish­na, or San­ta. And I’d much rather offend an idol than the one who hath pow­er to destroy the soul.

In Jan­u­ary, Mer­ry Christmas. In March, Mer­ry Christmas. In July, Mer­ry Christmas.






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