What “Christmas” Reveals About Us (December 24, 2013)
Scripture tells us that Simeon said the baby Jesus was “a sign which shall be spoken against; that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Perhaps the secret to the current cultural tussle over whether people should say Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holiday’s” lies in that little-discussed verse.
Jesus is a sign that there is a God and that he has come among us. The word Christmas is an acknowledgment of that “sign.”
But mankind’s natural bent is toward a self-centered independence that is rebellion against God’s authority. And the sign of “Christmas,” being a reminder of Jesus, is spoken against because it is an un welcome reminder of that fact. Indeed, denying Christmas just may reveal our hearts’ attitude toward God.
So if Merry Christmas is in our hearts let’s also make sure it’s on our lips.