It seems that every year a debate is sparked in our politically correct society as to how we should recognize Christmas. Some stores choose to say “Happy Holidays” and sell “Holiday Trees” and send “Holiday Cards” so as to not offend those who are not followers of Jesus Christ. Schools and government offices frequently give their people time off for “Winter break” rather than Christmas. After all “Christmas,” as the name implies, is a celebration of Christ and His birth. So what about those who hold to a different tradition? Will they be offended by the name of Christ?
Personally, I would much rather they be offended than enflamed. Jesus never attempted any ridiculous games of political correctness. He spoke lovingly, but firmly when He proclaimed “No one can come to the Father apart from me.” (John 14:6) Likewise when He said, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) Denying, ignoring, and avoiding Jesus Christ will gain you nothing but eternal punishment. But Jesus came to “seek and save” the lost (Luke 19:10). Therefore, if you will repent and place your faith in Christ as Lord, you will be graciously forgiven, spiritually cleansed, and eternally saved.
We often like to dance around the issue of multiple religious traditions, and pretend like we all worship the same God. But the fact is we don’t. Any religious tradition that denies the tenet of salvation through Jesus Christ alone is a “tradition” that will lead to “perdition.” The road to Heaven is a one way street that runs straight through the cross of Calvary. Every other road leads to Hell.
I don’t say that menacingly. I say it with love. If I’ve offended you, then (believe it or not) I don’t apologize. I would rather you be temporarily offended than eternally lost. One day we will all stand before Jesus Christ as our eternal judge. You may hold to a different “tradition”…but you will stand before Jesus all the same. Deny Him here and you’ll be denied Heaven. Embrace Him here and you’ll get to embrace Heaven.
Today, you may be offended by the name of Christ and the celebration of Christmas. But imagine trying to stand before Him at the final judgment and explain why you were so insulted at the mere mention of His name. Don’t avoid Jesus. Embrace him. Worship him. And follow Him. Then you’ll be able to say (and experience) what it truly means to have a “Merry Christmas!”