Featured in the December, 2010 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
We live in a time of tolerance. We tolerate rude, crude language on radio and television. We tolerate atheists who want to de-Christianize our country and Muslims who murder our citizens.
From our school administrators, we have quietly accepted Christmas vacation changed to Winter Break and allow the snowman and Santa, but no the Savior, because we can’t tolerate Christmas.
Why is Christmas so offensive? Christmas is offensive because it is all about Jesus, Who is the Savior.
The angel told Joseph, concerning Mary, “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
If we acknow-ledge not the commercialized, secularized Christmas, but the real Christmas, then we have to admit that it is all about Jesus, the Savior. Here is the big problem. Why do we need a Savior, if we are not sinners? It is the prude, the self-righteous, the “nice” people who are offended by Christmas. Almost anyone can live with a”santa”-tized Christmas with its trips, gift-giving, parties, decorations, and assorted festivities. But, the Christ-centered Christmas cannot be tolerated.
However. Christmas is anchored in history, since the birth of Christ is a historic fact. In our country, Christmas is a legal holiday and not likely to go away very soon.
It’s time for some reality therapy. We are sinners, we do need the Savior. Christmas is the reminder that we do need to repent and receive from Jesus the gift of “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Yes, it is time for all the “tolerant” people to tolerate Christmas.