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Monday, December 13, 2010

Taking “CHRIST” out of...?

It’s the time of year when we strive to spread Christmas Cheer! Malls, banks, and city buildings are adorned with Seasons Greetings. City sidewalks are dressed in Holiday Style. Thousands and thousands of dollars are being spent in Retail Stores across the country, but shoppers continue to swipe their credit cards with a gleam in their eye! Why? People are more thoughtful during the Christmas Season. Well, most of the time…

Last Saturday, Natalie and I made the trek to Lakeline Mall in Austin for twelve blissful hours of Christmas shopping. It was the usual holiday shopping experience—huge crowds, long lines, lack of parking, and “stuffy” department stores. However, I saw something that I had never seen before! Two women got into a heated argument over a parking place. Now, this is not unusual. It was not my first time to witness an argument over parking! Some people think the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to holler for all to hear! But as I was walking past one of the women’s cars, I saw this bumper sticker, “Don’t take CHRIST out of Christmas!” I’m so glad this woman was influenced by her own bumper sticker theology! If she hasn’t already taken Christ out of Christmas, she has a great head start on the task!

Christmas is known for many things, but one of the staple segments of the season is Christian uprisings. Concerned Christians preach, “Don’t take CHRIST out of Christmas!” or “Remember the REASON for the Season!” Before we worry if America takes “CHRIST” out of Christmas, let’s worry if WE take “CHRIST” out of Christian! We wouldn’t be Christians without Christ, and if we really claim to be followers of the Savior, we must live as He lived, do as He did, and lead as He led! Paul informed us how to imitate Christ this Christmas Season in Philippians 2: 5-7, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…”

And that’s not just the “REASON for the Season”; that’s the “MEANING for our Being!”