The politics of Christmas
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — As Dec. 25 approaches, political debates rage in the news: the constitutionality of erecting nativity scenes on government property, legislative efforts to rename the holiday, and rulings that discourage teaching Jesus in the classroom.
The national discussion ignores the spiritual to focus on the political. The fight over Christmas — instead of the meaning of Christmas — seizes the headlines. Talk shows discuss “civil liberties” rather than the need for a Savior.
Although voting and taking a stand for religious freedom is our Christian duty, we must not allow the cultural/political battle to detract from our efforts to introduce people to Jesus — especially at Christmas.
At a time when Christmas carols are heard in shopping malls and Wise Men make cameos on television, we should not allow our political activism, though important, to take precedence over the Great Commission. Like Jesus, we must lead with a salvation message rather than a political point of view. Christmas is an appropriate time to set aside the figurative megaphones and picket signs and, with love and compassion, share with someone the story of the nativity and the way to salvation.
This Christmas, may the Holy Spirit help us to rise above the politics of the season and be messengers of Jesus. Let us tell everyone a Savior was born 2,000 years ago, and although He was crucified, He rose again so anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
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