The other day there was a woman on television who said she was resigning her council position because the tree was called a Christmas tree rather than a Holiday tree. The reaction of some of us, was “Good, go ahead and resign.” The holiday season can be enlarged to include Hanukah and Kwanza but we should always remember that the celebration began as a birthday party for Jesus Christ. When you have a Mass of Christ you have a worshipful experience focused on the one who came as the Messiah of all, both Jews and Gentiles. To diminish the holiday by adding in other reasons, specifically to be “politically correct” is akin to saying that on September 22, my birthday, we must now celebrate a birthday of a Jewish person and the birthday of a black person so as not to offend them when, since I am a Gentile, we celebrate my birthday. Does that seem foolish to you? It is just as foolish to include all these other celebrations into the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7
Let us not diminish our celebration of the wonder of God coming to earth to provide salvation in order that we can be “politically correct” and not offend those who do not believe in the Christ. They already have their holidays.
Happy Christmas, the Mass of Christ.
Dr. Jed N. Snyder is the President, Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc.; and the Pastor at Augusta Street Church, West Columbia. To contact him visit www.jedministries.com or e-mail [email protected]