It’s that time of year again: a time of year when Christians decide to get really angry about their own holiday.
“They’re making Christmas a secular holiday!” “It’s all about materialism!” “It doesn’t mean what it’s supposed to anymore!” “None of the Christmas music is about Jesus!” “Happy Holidays is an attack on Christianity!”
Sure, some of these things are true, but in a society that 11 and a half months out of the year cares only about sex, drugs, feelings and fun, I’m fine with the way Christmas is set up now.
Because even if Christmas isn’t celebrated in American society today the same way it was 50 years ago, we still get several weeks dedicated to Judeo-Christian religion!
Students get weeks off of school just to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, stores everywhere start decorating for Christmas in November, and many of the normally secular radio stations start playing Christmas music 24/7.
Our favourite secular television shows are broadcasting Christmas specials, filled with positive messages, often citing that divine miracles are possible.
Even the Christmas music that’s not Christian often sends a Christian message: of generosity, love, peace and even accepting your circumstances and moving forward (aside from the occasional “Santa Baby” or “Baby It’s Cold Outside”).
For example, Yellowcard’s song “Christmas Lights” (provided above for your listening pleasure) is all about hope when it seems there’s none, and toward the end about good tidings to all men. That seems to be a very Christian message.
So if Christian messages are dominating the media this time of year, who cares where they’re coming from? It’s probably the best way the lost are reached from the media: they’re confronted with the story and message of Jesus everywhere they go throughout December. This is the kind of thing that can make someone curious about Christianity and plant that seed.
Sure, it’s a secularized, materialistic version of Christianity. Thinking that is the actual version of Christianity is ludicrous. But the potential is there for someone to discover Christ, and we as Christians should never be totally against that. Just something to think about.