Our post-Christian culture has given in to the idea of not saying Merry Christmas… and even evangelical Christians have fallen prey…
In a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, over half of Americans (52%) say it doesn’t matter whether companies and organizations say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” That’s up from 45% in 2005.
Those who say they prefer “Merry Christmas” fell from 43% in 2005 to only 32% this year.
Why even talk about this? Does it really matter?
Shouldn’t Christians be tolerant and accepting of all faiths…or no faith? After all, two-thirds of evangelicals (67%) say the non-religious “Happy Holidays” greeting is fine, while only 20% say it’s inappropriate.
Here’s what two-thirds of evangelical Christians are overlooking:
- There’s a culture war raging between two opposing world views: one acknowledges the existence of a personal God and creator of all that exists; the other rejects God and believes the universe appeared spontaneously and mankind evolved through random, uncaused “natural” processes.
- The controversy over Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays is one of the by-products of this culture war.
- Secularists HATE the greeting “Merry Christmas” because it mentions the name of Christ. They used to replace Christ with “X” in their advertisements or cards and write, “Merry Xmas.” But even that isn’t tolerated anymore.
- There’s been a huge effort in recent years to remove all mention of Jesus Christ from government and public life. Government uses the “separation of church and state” as the excuse.
But the separation of church and state refers to the government of the church and the government of the state. It has nothing to do with voluntary religious belief or the practical application of religious belief.
Christmas is a religious holiday… specifically, a Christian holiday. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas.
President Trump, without apology, is bringing Christ back into the national consciousness and vocabulary. He is saying that it’s not only “okay,” but it’s proper to say, “Merry Christmas.”
As Christians, we should have the same attitude.
Listen to President Trump’s 5-and-a-half-minute speech during the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. Particularly, listen to what he says beginning at the 2:10 mark.
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