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By   •   December 7, 2012

Q:

Don't you think our society has lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas? Sometimes I wonder what Jesus would think if He walked through one of our malls around Christmas and saw all the decorations and everything, but nothing about His birth.


A:

I would have to agree with you; increasingly, our world has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Most people still know that it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago, but they don’t take time to reflect on why that’s important or what it should mean to us today.

Why is this? Why have we substituted the glitter and gadgets that fill our malls for the greatest gift the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ? One reason is because our society has become more and more secular in the last half century or so, moving God to the edges of our lives and assuming we can live without Him.

In other words, instead of building our lives on the foundation of God’s Word, we’ve substituted our own wisdom and our own way of doing things. This should cause us grief, because it means that all around us are people who (as the Bible says) are “without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

Don’t just lament this, however, or look down on those who don’t understand the true meaning of Christmas. Instead, ask God to help you be a witness for Christ to those around you – both by your life and your words – especially during this time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. On that first Christmas “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:9).

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19 Comments

  1. Mona says:

    i pray very much for our country it is becoming so divided we need christ to give us a great healing.

  2. Louise says:

    We can not let the anybody take Jesus out of our lives and our hearts no matter what. He died for us because he loves us and we have got to show him we love him back.

  3. Connie says:

    My personal belief is that all is happening just as it was fortold. It will become even more difficult in this country and world to proclaim His birth. Are you ready Christian?

  4. Larry says:

    I agree with the article, we urgently need another “spiritual revival” accross the United States. The liocal pastors are limited in influence as cominbation of corporate america, main street media, public schools negate moral teaching.

  5. Gaylan says:

    We shouldn't equate America with the church and be shocked or judgmental when unbelievers don't act in Christ-like ways. It's not good witness to demand that people say Merry Christmas. Yet, Christians can witness by celebrating appropriately.

  6. Monty says:

    It's sad what has happened to our society over the past several years. Pushing God out for gift giving. Someday we will all regret what we have done in this life.

  7. Mary Lou says:

    Christmas is a good time to be Jesus with skin on to those around us that don't know Him yet. Think of the song “we're the only Jesus some will ever see”…

  8. Linda says:

    When you look at the word Christmas what do you see? Christ………which is a Miracle that this tiny baby that was born in a manager many years ago and was sent here to save the world. Happy Birthday to the king of kings that loved us unconditonal.

  9. TJ says:

    For the last few years it has been on my heart – that we are to be separate from the world not capitulate. Presents at Christmas, chocolate eggs at Easter.