Why Christmas matters.
Its the most wonderful time of the year, full of cheer, gifts, gatherings, familiar tunes, greed and charity alike. Bottom lines in the black and checkbooks in the red. Santa and elves, Jesus and angels. For many of us, it’s within the sphere of Christmas that we find many of our most wonderful and fondest memories and for others it is the most difficult time of the year. In a modern world some now wonder, “Does Christmas still matter?”
On today’s episode of THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE I’ll show you precisely why it does!
I’m not about to go on a rant about saying happy holidays or Merry Christmas. We won’t debate the ongoing war on Christmas as it is called. I won’t being explaining again how X-mas is not taking Christ out of Christmas but in fact quite the opposite. Those topics are not the point. If you want to look for or subscribe to an alternative go ahead, but i’ll save my thoughts on Festivus for another episode.
There are now, and long have been, two variations of Christmas in our culture. There is the version in which Christmas is a largely a commercial enterprise. At its best, this version of Christmas is an exercise in generosity, and an opportunity to turn away from our professional pursuits and remember the fundamental importance of family. At its worst, it is multi week long binge of expenditure, excess, fulfilling desires for accumulation. It feeds the beast that is known as consumeristic materialism, where we do not celebrate the power of God so much as we observe and demonstrate our faith in the power of advertising, credit cards, and owning more stuff to fulfill us. (I’ve been black Friday shopping and I can attest to this behavior first hand!)
The other version of Christmas commemorates the entrance of the eternal God into a finite span of human time and history. A God who became incarnate (embody flesh / take on human form) in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to provide the Way and the Truth and the Life for all humankind.
Theologian and author C.S. Lewis once said
“Christianity if false is of no importance, if true is of utmost importance, the only thing it can not be is moderately important.”