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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. Delores says:

    Sometimes it's Christians who seem to have lost sight of what Christmas is really all about. As Christians, we need to major on the true meaning of Christmas–not all the glitzy trappings that now surround this Holy Day.

  2. pastor Richard says:

    I don't know why people can not say Merry Christmas Christian persons need to say Happy Jesus day

  3. Jess says:

    Thanks for reminding everyone about why Christmas even exists. So many have turned Christmas into a gift giving frenzy….My prayers have been that our country turns away from secularism and returns to trusting God and honoring Him.

  4. Melanie says:

    You know sometimes it seems easy to get caught up in the rush. Yes- we truly know Christmas is about Jesus…but how many of us live it?My challenge….take ctime for God…He took time to DIE for you.

  5. Carol says:

    Celebrate…when you walk thru the mall..let the Love of Jesus shine forth…offer a helping hand…smile…praise God for each blessing you see…there are sooooo many…enjoy because I know that God celebrates with His children!

  6. TERRY says:

    I THINK IT'S SAD THE WAY THEY HAVE DEMORALIZED CHRISTMAS. WHEN I GET TO CHRISTMAS I GO TO MY ROOM AND CLOSE THE DOOR AND SILENTLY PRAY UNTIL I FALL ASLEEP. I SPEND THE NIGHT AND THE NEXT DAY WITH JESUS THANKING HIM CONTINUALLY FOR SAVING ME.

  7. Mary says:

    I am so happy that each year this message is repeated to remind others what Christmas stands for. Sometimes we tend to overlook the real reason for this Most Holy Season. Merry Christmas to all and God blessings to all!

  8. DaveKehara says:

    How true.. We've lost the true meaning but again, all is not lost. Starting in my own heart and life, declaring that the focus be CHRIST, I can share with family an friends the JOY of a daily walk, not with the babe in a manger but with the King

  9. Christine says:

    Very beautiful to see a great example for us all….sad to see how far we have strayed in this land. The ramifications of that are clearly evident all around us.

  10. Catherine says:

    This article is timely for me because my spirit has been troubled in what should be a joyous season, because everywhere I look, people are busy preparing their homes, meals and buying gifts for love ones, but it seems no one is preparing their heart