The Decline of Christmas

THIS marks the first year I’ve managed to make it almost two weeks after Thanksgiving without hearing a single Christmas carol from anyone, anywhere. No roving bands or families going from door to door and no groups at the malls. It makes me wonder: Have we completely marginalized Christmas and what it actually is supposed to mean?

I think the facts speak for themselves. Wal-Mart and other big box retailers have hyped up Black Friday so much that we trample each other on Thursday night to get a spectacular deal on a computer or a big-screen TV. The parking lot is a zoo as people jockey for a spot that is hopefully within a half-mile of the entrance. Inside, lines are forming around skids of shrink-wrapped goods that store employees are forced to guard, lest people take them before the sale begins. Never mind that Black Friday began on 8 PM Thursday – which means that it’s getting too close to Thanksgiving dinner.

Let’s thank the Lord for what we do have – and while we’re still stuffed to the gills, let’s go out and join the stampede to buy all the stuff we don’t have.

Consumerism isn’t the only thing degrading Christmas. You know this is coming – secularization is degrading Christmas, too.

Consider the decline in Christmas caroling that I mentioned in the beginning. Ever wonder why you hear fewer and fewer of them lately? I, raised in the 1990’s, barely know half as many Christmas carols as many of my elders. I had never heard of “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” until a couple weeks ago.  And guess what – here’s why Christmas carols are on the decline:

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Joyful, joyful, we adore You, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

Come now join a grateful chorus, giving praise to Christ our King;
God’s own Son has come to save us with a love unending.
God the Father, Christ our Savior coming to earth with us to dwell;
now proclaiming God is with us, he is our Emmanuel.

O Come, All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!

Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Go, Tell It On the Mountain
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

O, Holy Night
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

I can continue this all day.

Allow me to be perfectly clear: Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. You can argue endlessly that we may or may not have the date correct (the Gregorian calendar and all that), but we’ve decided for hundreds of years now to celebrate Christmas on December 25 – that we spend it with our families, in thanks for our blessings, and in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the other “holidays” that are clustered around the same time. Great for them, and it’s their prerogative to have a holiday somewhere near December 25.

But I’m tired of hearing about holiday trees. I’m tired of watching Christians sit down and roll over and play dead while THEIR day of celebration is marginalized, all in the name of not being offensive. Guess what – the celebration of Christ isn’t offensive, save to those who deliberately have a vendetta and are out to persecute Christians. God doesn’t call us to forsake our beliefs for the sake of other people. He understands that no persecution or temptation that we face is unique to us: it’s something that we all face. See James 1:2.

I’ll tell you what’s offensive: Christianity is unique among all the other world religions that it alone is singled out for more persecution than any other group. Furthermore, Christians alone are unique in refusing to stand up for their beliefs. We stand idly by and watch Islam build a mosque at Ground Zero. We do nothing when we accommodate through our case law every type of religious belief imaginable. (Read up on Santeria and what courts have done to accommodate them.) We tear down Nativity scenes and statues of the Ten Commandments, but have no problem raising the golden crescent over our buildings. We must have “respect” and “tolerance” for everyone else, but we receive neither ourselves.

There is a time to stand up and say that not only are we proud of Christmas and the coming of Jesus, but that we will celebrate it in our own way. We will stand up for our beliefs, we will not roll over, and will not go quietly. There is a national need for Jesus, and it’s imperative that we spread that word!

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One Response to The Decline of Christmas

  1. David Lauri says:

    You can’t seriously say “Christianity is unique among all the other world religions that it alone is singled out for more persecution than any other group” with a straight face, can you? Are you a Holocaust denier?

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