Who would have ever thought that those two little words (Merry Christmas) would cause so much uproar. It’s a greeting used for centuries to mark the birth of Jesus and spread His message of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men. Apparently, that two-thousand-year-old message has become controversial and widely replaced with the much more Politically Correct and non-descript greeting of “Happy Holidays.”
Does it matter? Should it matter?
I believe it should matter for several reasons….First off, when we systematically remove the name of Christ from our lives, we’re also removing His blessings. In other words, we can’t deny His presence and still expect His presents and Political Correctness never trumps Truth.
Next, there’s a practical and personal issue. Think about it like this…
It’s your birthday, but nobody will say “Happy Birthday” to you. Instead, they just say, “Happy Holiday” to which you reply, “Don’t you mean ‘Happy Birthday’? You do realize it’s my birthday don’t you?” Your friends look at you confused and disgusted and say, “Who do you think you are to make this all about you? Do you realize how many other holidays are happening on this same day? Do you know that it’s National Arbor Day in Lithuania today? Are you suggesting that your birth trumps all the trees in Lithuania? And it’s also Veterans Day in Chile. I suppose your birth is more important than all the Chilean soldiers? You are so insensitive and selfish.”
You’d probably look and your friends and realize that you need some new friends! Anyone who is not willing to celebrate with you is not really your friend. This might seem like an overly-exxagerated example, but it’s actually very close to what happens when we replace “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.”
The world says that we should value all beliefs as equally valid. The Bible says that we should value all people as equally valid, but there’s still only one “Way” and His name is Jesus. We celebrate His birth on Christmas because He came to bring Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, Grace, Love and Salvation. He is still the hope of the World and there will always be power in the name of Christ, so don’t be afraid to say “Merry Christmas”!