Vol: 99 Issue: 24 Thursday, December 24, 2009
Increasingly, the greeting ‘Merry Christmas’ is vanishing from the public discourse in favor of the more generic (and meaningless) ‘Happy Holidays’.
This year, the latest renaming of the day commemorating the Birth of Christ is the ridiculous ”Happy Christmakwanzukkah” — which incorporates Christmas, Hanukkah and that old, traditional holiday season of Kwanzaa, which has been with us ever since 1966 thanks to that famous theologian, Dr. Maulana Karenga, (best known for making up a six-day blacks-only holiday period called ‘Kwanzaa’ in 1966.)
It appears that the Politically Correct want to be certain to insult everybody, Christians, Jews and American blacks equally, hence the name, Christmakwanzukkah. After all, if you offend everybody, then you offend no one, according to the dictates of Politically Correct New Think.
Here’s an example of how THAT works. One atheist in California gets offended because his Christian daughter has to pledge allegiance to ‘one nation, under God’. (The daughter isn’t offended, just the father.)
Because ONE GUY was offended, Politically Correct New Think, as expressed by the 9th Circuit Court, meant that everybody in the Western District (a third of the population) had to change their behavior.
On the other hand, ‘Christmakwanzukkah’ is certain to offend everybody equally, therefore, expect to see ‘Happy Christmakwanzukkah’ merrily hand-written below the signatures of federal court justices throughout the country as they render decisions demanding the removal of Nativity scenes from public parks while ordering Christmas trees redesignated ‘holiday trees.’
By next year, some enterprising New Thinker will remember that he forgot to offend the Muslims. How about “Happy Christmakwanzukkahamadan”? Or maybe “Happy Christakwanzukkadeathtoamerica”?
(Fortunately, Buddhists don’t get offended when they get ignored. They just jot it all down so they can change it when they come back next time around.)
The ones most offended (and therefore, the most fun to offend) are, of course, Christians. Christians feel that we’ve been hijacked, since we had it first.
How many times do we have to remind everybody that the first syllable in ‘Christmas’ is ‘Christ’?
We are offended to our religious core at the mere thought of turning a Christian holiday into a secular one. The more offended we are, the angrier we get, (and the more fun we become to offend).
Of course, we don’t get as angry as the Muslims, which is probably why the ‘amadan’ got left off of ‘Christmakwanzukkah’ in the first place. While the secularists get a belly laugh out of Christian indignation, Muslim indignation sounds like this; “Allahu Akkbar!”(Kaboom!)
The Bible Answer Man, Hank Haanegraf, expressed his indignation at the commercialization of Christmas on his website (while trying to sell a Christmas CD), saying;
“Christmas is “His Story.” Our world is rapidly secularizing Christmas. It’s called “the holidays,” “winter break,” “gift-giving time,” and other euphemisms. Saying “Merry Christmas” is even becoming politically incorrect! Please don’t let your own Christmas fall prey to the anti-Christian cultural pressure. That’s why I want to send you this CD to help refresh you with the joy of reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas — and even pass it on to others.”
But before you rush to buy Hank’s CD so that you can reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, what IS ”the true meaning of Christmas”, Biblically speaking?
Ummmm, that is not as easy as it sounds. First off, we celebrate it at the wrong time. Jesus was probably born in March, according to the early Church fathers of the mid-2nd century.
For another thing, the shepherds would not have been watching their flocks by night on a hilltop in December outside Jerusalem. It would be too cold for the sheep (not to mention the shepherds).
The shepherds kept their sheep in the sheltered valleys around the city during the winter months where it was warmer and herded them back up the hills to graze in the spring.
So why celebrate the Birth of Christ on December 25th? For that, we have to go back at least six hundred years before Christ was born in a Bethlehem manger.
In Babylon the sun was worshipped as the supreme God. As the years progressed and the days grew shorter the people feared the sun was leaving them. On December 22nd they began conducting long rituals and sacrifices to the sun god, appealing for it to return for another year.
On December 25th they could determine the day was getting longer again and on this day they held a great celebration rejoicing in the rebirth of the sun!
It grew out the worship of Nimrod, his wife, Semiramus, and their son, Tammuz. Tammuz was born, according to legend, on the day of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. From the day of his birth onward, the days got longer.
Tammuz worship was practiced right up to the time of the Roman as the feast of Sol Invictus (“rebirth of the sun”).
Statues of Nimrod and Semiramus holding the infant Tammuz were replaced by statues of Joseph and Mary holding the Baby Jesus after the Emperor Constantine was ‘converted’ and declared Christianity the State Church of Rome.
Jesus’ Birth was made to coincide with the Solstice celebration, and together with the statues to worship, Rome’s pagans made the transition easily. It kept the masses happy and the Roman Empire intact.
The oldest mention of Christmas in relation to Christ in old English is Cristes Maesse and dates to 1038, some thousand years after the fact.
The holly, the mistletoe, the yule log, and the wassail bowl are of pre-Christian times.
The Christmas tree has been traced back to the Romans. From there, it found popularity in Germany and eventually Great Britain, according to the Encyclopedia Americana.
The Bible says nothing about celebrating the Birth of Christ. The early Church didn’t celebrate His Birth, instead, they celebrated His death and Resurrection, in keeping with the Revealed Word of God.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 teaches that, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death [better] than the day of one’s birth.”
Logically and Biblically, a person hasn’t done anything worth celebrating until after the full measure of their lives have been taken into account.
Our tradition of celebrating birthdays is entirely Western and finds its origins in the practices of the Druidic witches of pagan England.
But, Jesus kept the cultural feast days of His era. Some of them were religious, some were not. He knew He was ‘in’ the world, but not ‘of’ it.
Paul wrote in Romans 14:5; “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
There is no sin in celebrating Christmas as the day we acknowledge God’s Gift to the world of a Savior. Neither can I see any Biblical basis for NOT celebrating Christmas because it isn’t really His Birthday.
To some it is a day on the calendar. To others, it is a day of frustration and anger because others fail to associate Christmas with Christ — a frustration so intense that it makes Christmas, for them, the least happy of all days.
Which is exactly the response hoped-for by the secularist New Thinkers who find Happy Christmakwanzukkah so appealing.
The world is populated by the spiritually insane [the lost] and the spiritually retarded [the saved, but as-yet in-the-flesh Church].
Don’t get offended. That’s why Christians are such a marvel to the angels. Because we are such spiritual retards.
The Apostle Paul concurred when he wrote;
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1st Corinthians 13:12)
It doesn’t matter if Jesus was born on December 25 or March 19, as Chur
ch father Polycarp estimated before being martyred in 155 AD.
It doesn’t matter if the world has a different agenda. We already know that. That is why we sought forgiveness for our sins, whereas the world loves its sin.
There is no sin in being happy. Even on Christmas. God knows who worships Him and who worships Santa Claus. He doesn’t base it on whether or not you have a Christmas tree (unless you start offering sacrifices to it).
This isn’t rocket science, but you needn’t take my word for it.
“He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” (Romans 14:6)
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” (Romans 14:8)
Enjoy Christmas in all its joy and good will, according to your family customs and traditions.
Like most American Christians, I take offense at removing ‘Christ’ from Christmas, because I love Him and I want Him to have the glory and worship that He deserves.
But if I am waiting for the world to give glory to God for the Birth of His Son, I’ll still got a while left to wait — I am in good Company.
(That is what Jesus is waiting for, too. It won’t happen after the final Battle of Armageddon and the installation of the Millennial Kingdom)
Go ahead and put up a Christmas tree. Cook a turkey. Watch your kids open their presents and get ready to welcome all that company.
Christians don’t worship a DAY.
We worship the Author of ALL days.
Every day is the Lord’s, so share this Christmas as the Lord’s day while the rest of the world celebrates Christmakwanzukkah or Christmakwanzukkahamadan or Christmakwanzukkahdeathtoamerica or what ever else they want to call it.
Ours is more fun.
“[F]or I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2nd Timothy 1:12) Don’t let the enemy steal your victory. Or your Christmas.
Enjoy the Christmas gift to you from the Lord.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
First appeared on December 15. 2004