I was tempted to erase this post and not speak up. I don’t want to be accused of being the Grinch or Scrooge. Then I realized I’m just doing what I’m told.
As Christmas approaches, I thought it might be good to remind us all that the same little baby Jesus who was born in a stable grew up and actually said things. The King of the universe – whose coming happened in such an inconspicuous and unexpected way – grew up and put demands on our lives.
The Christ whose birth we celebrate by indulging in materialism said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth.”
The Jesus we fight and argue over when someone is offended by our religious celebration said, “Love your enemies.”
That baby Jesus we get all warm and fuzzy over and sing “Happy Birthday Jesus” to said, “If you don’t deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of me.”
He actually placed demands on how we live our lives. He actually told us to be holy. He actually told us not to return evil for evil. He actually said to love one another. He actually commanded us to die to ourselves if we are going to follow Him. Can we really celebrate the birth of Christ and ignore the things He said when He grew up?
To me, the real symbol of Christmas shouldn’t be the star or the tree, it should be the cross. Because if Jesus hadn’t hung on the cross, His birth would have meant nothing.
And if we’re not willing to hang on the cross with Him, our celebration really means nothing either.