BUILD IT. PROTECT IT. PRESERVE IT.
holiday is in the name — it’s the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
THE REASON WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
Roughly 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born to eventually die and save us from our sins. While Jesus was on the earth, He showed everyone how to live a holy and blameless life, and, more importantly, He showed us that it wasn’t a life we could achieve on our own. Without Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and without His birth, death, and resurrection, we would have no hope of being righteous before God — and that’s infinitely greater than any gift you can get on Amazon. I grew up going to church, and, even though I don’t go maybe as much as I should, I always want to keep Jesus at the center of the holiday. Every year, our
IT’S NOT THE GIFTS OR THE FAMILY TIME
Displays of twinkling lights, evergreen trees, and this year’s stock of must-have Christmas gifts flood every billboard, TV channel, and department store every holiday season. Even though most of us wouldn’t say that gifts are the true meaning of the season, the near ubiquitous commercialization of Christmas makes it appear as though that is the consensus. My wife has talked about Christmas shopping as far back as August this year, a full two months before Halloween has even passed. At the same time, the Hallmark Channel puts out countless holiday movies about the importance of family and connection with loved ones, especially around Christmas. Just as every store and shopping website assures us their products will make our holiday a success, every schmaltzy made-for-TV movie that comes out around the same time says the true meaning of the season is love and connections with others. Neither of these are bad things. Of course, it’s good to want to buy the best gifts for friends and family, and a major part of Christmas is spending time with the people we love. But neither of those things are the reason Christmas exists, or the reason we should really celebrate. The real reason for the
family goes to a Christmas Eve church service because I want my daughter, Kyzlee, to know the true meaning of the holiday — the one you never see in the ads or the movies. I hope as she grows up, she’ll be able to see it. With that in mind, I know that in this day and age, it’s more politically correct to say “happy holidays” around this time of year, but in saying so, I wouldn’t say what’s in my heart. I’d rather stand for what I believe than for what society deems to be politically correct. I always say “Merry Christmas” because it keeps the real reason for the holidays in mind.
To all of you reading this, Merry Christmas! I hope your year finishes up well, and next year brings lots of blessings.
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