The Loudmouth Protestant

December 12, 2007

Take Back Christmas for Yourself

Filed under: christianity,christians,God,Uncategorized — nickisym @ 11:06 pm
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Every Christmas season it is the same thing, a bunch of Christians balking and complaining about how corporations are making money off their backs. They say that big business is taking the meaning out of Christmas and that people are getting so confused about what the true reason for the season is. I want to say that I believe that the time of us complaining about what other people are doing to our holy-day is up and it is time for us as the body of Christ to take back Christmas for ourselves.

How can anyone truly understand the meaning of Christmas if we insist on spending more time rallying against our adversaries than we spend simply loving one another? It’s something I am not willing to understand now because I believe we must pick our battles. Yes, we must be aware of the enemy at the gates, but we must also be aware that we are the only Bibles some people will ever see and so we must grasp at the opportunity to share the love of Christ with mankind.

There is no other time of the year–I dare say Valentine’s Day included–when people are so willing to be compassionate and show as well as give love and this isn’t just Christians. Sometimes I think that others are a little more capable of giving love at Christmas time than people in the body of Christ are. Well I am tired of it. I am tired of us focusing on the wrong thing during Christmas. We–including me–get really caught up in things that have nothing to do with Christmas. The decorations, the Christmas parties or Christmas pageants at our church, the shopping, the cooking, etc, etc. Then we sit around and wonder why we just aren’t in the spirit of Christmas?

Well I believe it is time to stop wondering and start reclaiming Christmas for yourself. Refresh the spirit of Christmas by preparing for the day with Advent readings. If you’re not an Advent-type of person then consider it a time of increased prayer and study so that your spirit can be climatized for the coming of the Lord. Do what you have to do to get yourself there but stop waiting for the rest of the world to get on board with Christmas program.

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2 Comments »

  1. Yes, we do have to do it for ourselves, and then others around us will slowly be inspired — even liberated — to act as well. Starting last year, we gave up gift-giving entirely, gave up the tree, etc., and now we get to fill our Christmas celebration with meaning, with the only focus being Glory to God in the Hightest! Right now I’m reading a book of collected writings/devotions called “Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas”; some are very good. You might also be interested in the the latest post on my blog (facingjordan.wordpress.com) called “The Pre-Christmas Quake”.

    Comment by Ann — December 12, 2007 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Ann for the book recommendations, I think I will look out for “Watch for the Light.” I am currently reading SacredSpace for Advent. I think it is so awesome that you gave up the tree and the gift-giving. Maybe one day I will get to that place. So far I have to mindset of giving up the gift-giving but not the receiving. (: Yeah I’m a little silly.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — December 12, 2007 @ 11:35 pm | Reply


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