This is an excerpt from Mychal Massie's column yesterday. I agree. We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
"David C. McCasland wrote: “Jesus was born into our world and gave His life so that we can be forgiven and transformed through Him. This is the heart of Christmas.” (The Heart of Christmas; Our Daily Bread; 12/19/14)
The true “Reason” for this season unveiled the gift of eternal life with His Father in glory. The advertising age offers items that have durability that is as limited as their warranty.
Believe it or not, and people are certainly permitted to not believe it, this could be the last opportunity to celebrate the “True” reason for this season. It could be the last opportunity to confess, believe, and accept Him we sing “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.”
I know there are those who will say, I’m just a Christian engaging in fear-mongering. These are the very same people who fasten their seatbelts; the same people who have smoke detectors even though they’ve never had a fire. The same people who carry a can of fix-a-flat in the trunk even though they have a road service plan.
The bottom line is that responsible people prepare for unexpected eventualities. They have life insurance, they have wills, they even make plans for their funeral and what’s more, this preparation is looked up by their peers and families as commendable.
But how many view accepting Christ for the forgiveness of their sins as being the most important form of life insurance? How many people are truly concerned about their relationship with “He” who is the real reason for this season?
I love Christmas and the time spent with friends and family. But, therein lies the difference for me since becoming a Christian. Today I love Christmas whereas before I enjoyed it. Loving Christmas, is to be in love with “He” who is the reason we celebrate it.
Ask yourself; Do I look forward to Christmas more for the gifts and good times than I do the family celebration of the Savior who was born that day?
I wish you and yours a blessed and spirit-filled Merry Christmas. I pray that “He” who is the real reason for celebrating this season is the most important part of your holiday celebration."