I love Christmas.
It’s definitely one of my favourite times of year.
I love the excitement. All the merriment in the air. I love the kids getting excited about presents. The parents excited about not having to work for a few days. People coming together as families. All the lights and decorations… I love it all!
But every year my inbox is flooded with the same messages!
- Phil, you must let people know of the dangers of Christmas!
Phil, Christmas is a demonic holiday!
Phil, you must sign this petition because someone said happy holiday to me instead of Merry Christmas!
Phil, can you believe people have taken Christ out of Christmas and are calling it Xmas?
Phil, do you know that Jesus wasn’t born on the 25th of December and it’s actually the date of a evil pagan holiday?
I could go on… But here’s the deal guys.
I don’t care.
On a scale of 1 to 100 I care exactly 0.
That’s right I’m not even going to put this on the scale.
Why don’t I care?
Because honestly none of those things matter in the slightest.
The people that send these emails to me seem to do want to do this with almost every holiday (or lack of holiday). We do this with so much stuff and honestly it feels like nothing more than searching for demons in every bush.
We have to have a bit of perspective!
Satan is disarmed and defeated and the only power he has is the power we give him. So why are we trying to find ways to empower him?
Christmas is a great holiday – it’s one that is full of the nature of God! Giving, Joy, Peace, Love, Kindness, Generosity!
So why are we trying to turn something that is so wonderful into Satan’s holiday?
Was it originally a pagan holiday? Sure… But instead of hiding in our rooms cowering at the Devil’s “immense power” we got up and made it a holiday to remember Jesus!
Was Jesus born in the early spring? Most likely but who cares when we celebrate his birth… We are celebrating it!
(I just really struggle to see God shaking his head going “nope they got the date wrong, now they are unwittingly worshiping Satan now”.)
Do some people refuse to acknowledge Jesus at Christmas? Sure – but they do that every other day of the year too… Why are you expecting anything else from them? Just let them enjoy their “happy holiday”!
I just hate that we fail to focus on Jesus and all the great fruits that arise at this time of the year and instead focus on the Devil.
At best by focusing on all this stuff people miss the joy of Christmas over being pedantic. but at worst they rob Jesus of some attention by glorifying the Devil’s non-existent power!
So let’s stop putting the devil into Christmas and enjoy it for what it is.
A time to have fun, be full of joy, enjoy one another’s company and celebrate the incarnation of Jesus, that God chose to forever wrap Himself up in mankind!
I wish you a Happy Holidays!
Oh and a Merry Xmas!
I sincerely hope you enjoy celebrating the birth of Jesus on this arbitrary date of the 25th.
Merry Christmas everyone :)