Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas



“Joyous Kwanzaa.” “Happy Hanukkah.” “Merry Christmas.” “Happy Ramadan.”

So proclaims the secularist “holiday” poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor.

The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive.

Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June.

No, Jesus is the reason for the season.

It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of the Messianic pronouncements of the prophet Isaiah seven centuries earlier:

“Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

It is a celebration of the miraculous birth of the one whom John the Baptizer declared “The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.”

It is a season of thanks-giving to God for His mercy, for His grace; Who “so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That’s what Christmas has been about since the holy-day was first celebrated in the fourth century. And since the commemoration of the birth of Christ was declared a national holiday here in the United States in 1870.

Of course, there are forces of darkness in this world that hate Christmas; that want to disassociate the holiday from Jesus Christ.

That includes American Atheists, which describes itself as “the premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.”

The homepage on AA’s website declares “War on Christmas.”  It depicts a little girl – actually rather demonic-looking – sitting down writing a letter in which she tells Santa Claus: “All I want for Christmas is to skip church!”

More passively hostile to Christmas are retailers that have replaced “Merry Christmas” in their advertisements with the insidious “Happy Holidays.”

That includes Barnes & Noble, Footlocker, Gap Stores (parent company of the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy), Limited Brands (parent company of the Limited, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret), L.L. Bean and Radio Shack.

Then there are the religiously correct workplaces that no longer allow Christmas to have a holiday to itself; that have given such dubious holidays as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Ramadan equal billing with Christmas.

But there is a reason Christmas remains the world’s biggest religious holiday.

It is not because of all the secularist trappings of Christmas – the office parties, the shopping, the ritualistic gift-giving, the ornament-laden trees, the ostentatious lighting displays, the orgiastic meals.

No, it is because of Jesus.

It is because the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way during the Christmas season. It is because many are convicted during their once a year visit to church.

And it is because there will be “more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” this upcoming Christmas Day “than over ninety-nine just persons” sitting in the pews “who need no repentance.”

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10 thoughts on “Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

  1. Jasmyne on said:

    You should research the roots of Christmas. There is more evidence that Jesus was NOT born in December than that he was. It was a date chosen to overshadow other pagan holidays already during the same time. Rather than being self-centered, offended and call it a war on Christmas/Christians, why don’t you love others as Jesus commanded and acknowledge that just because they do not worship as you do, doesn’t mean their holiday should be completely shut out either. I am a Christian and rather than being offended, I share my holiday with my non-Christian friends in a way to reach out to them in testimony and love. It reaches far more people to be understanding than to be angry and offended.

    • We never claimed Jesus was born in December. But December 25 has been since the fourth century the day on which the Christian faithful celebrate the Savior’s birth. He’s the reason for the season. And while we acknowledge those who do not worship as we do – Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Muslims, Scientologists, Wiccans, atheists, et al. – we will not surrender Christmas to them.

      • You missed the point. It was chosen as the day to celebrate his birth in order to overshadow other religions with celebrations at the same time. ( Yet you are still saying you won’t surrender Christmas when it wasn’t about Jesus to begin and when no one asked anyone to surrender anything. You can’t say you acknowledge others that worship differently if you are going to be offended when someone offers greetings to them AND you. That’s not acknowledgement. That’s saying YOUR religion is more important and EVERYONE should abide by what YOU want. Until I can be shown scripture that says Christmas is a Christian holiday how could I claim it’s a Christian holiday that people are trying to take from Christian’s?

        If you have a Christmas tree, mistletoe or Santa comes to your house you aren’t celebrating Jesus birth, not the way it should be celebrated. Christmas trees date back to ancient Egyptian beliefs and the god they worshiped-Ra. Mistletoe dates back to Celtic Druids and Santa was a Greek who died for his faith for which originally gifts were given in his name on December 6th. None of which have anything to do with the real “reason for the season.”

        We celebrate by telling the story of Jesus birth. My children get three gifts, as that is what baby Jesus received. We have no tree, Santa or mistletoe. Why? Because it’s a man-made holiday and the Bible teaches not to follow the commandments of men. (Matt 15:9) by following the commandments of men we are rejecting the commandments of God to follow our own traditions. (Mark 7:9)

        This is why it doesn’t matter to me if someone wants to say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas. They are being polite either way. The reality is we should celebrate everyday for the gift we were given

        We are off to have lunch with family. Wishing you and yours the best as we celebrate the birth of Jesus today.

      • I know the history of Christmas; that it supplanted pagan celebrations. I also know that Christmas has been a holy-day for the past 1600 years; a celebration of the birth of Christ, a fulfillment of Isaiah 9:6. No, I’m not willing to accept Christmas as a season to pay homage not only to Jesus, but also to Buddha, Vishnu, Lao Tsu, Mohammed, Xenu, the Moon God, the Horned God, the no god at all, et al. As Christ commands us (Matthew 4:10): “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

  2. Tonya Ryva on said:

    Nobody is trying to take your Merry Christmas away from you. Your just to greedy that you cant share the month with others. People like you always were. Thats why the others that celebrate there own traditions passed down from their great grand parents have had to do so quietly as to not upset the fragile Christian catholic ego and greed and risk being hurt or killed by them. Just so you know I as a person am open minded and I celebrate a lot of things in the month of December. Yule, winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc Becauce I know not everyone is the same but we can still come together in unity if we choose to.

    • We’re not Catholic. And we do not claim the entire month of December. But we do claim Christmas, the season during which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And we take issue with those who would hijack the holy-day (that’s where the word “holiday” comes from), giving equal billing to such dubious holidays as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, or secularist celebrations of Yule, winter, Festivus or whatever.

  3. Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on the 22nd of December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.

    Christmas was (rightly) derided by the Puritans as a pagan holiday with a slapdash christian coating hastily painted on.

    To be technical, Mithras is – or was – the original reason for the season, as Herodotus wrote.

    Hannukah may not have been widely celebrated until the 70s in the US, but the US still had hotels that excluded Jews until the 60s.

    Christianity has no more claim to Mithras’ birth than Muslims have over the old temple in Jerusalem, which they call the Mosque of Omar. Christmas is built on top of a foundation that predates Christ.

    You have no more reason to complain about the intrusion of non-Christian trappings – Santa Claus/Sintaklaas/Father Frost/Father Christmas than Mithraists have over your misappropriation of Mithras’ birthday. The Romans did it first with Saturnalia anyway, which you also co-opted in turn centuries later.

    • Just stepping in to say hello to Zoe. It’s all yours J.P. Hi Zoe, you seem to be going off your rants. Don’t you have a different fort to protect? Anyway, The Bible says each one of us esteems one day or another and it’s up to us whether to do so or not. If any of us are worshiping other Gods, kindly alert us and we will toss them out of the club but we have decided to celebrate Christmas and whether you or Rah approves of that, we really do not care. Now as for disapproving other celebrations, I personally don’t care what they do but you start your rant with the Persians. So can we go over their and celebrate the birth of Christ? Case closed. This Country was designed by and for Christians and don’t bother with all the false arguments as we have proof the Government printed Bibles and the Presidents endorsed the study of them. Merry Christmas!

      • Assuming you are in the US, Jack, your comment: “This Country was designed by and for Christians” is incorrect. Though it may have been founded by a Christian majority, one of the founding principals is “Freedom of Religion”, which is NOT limited to just the Christian religion, as so many right-wingers would lead us to believe.

        Christmas was a “pagan” holiday hijacked by Christians (syncretized, as was the custom of old). The earlier Christians were a bit more broad minded than the pinhead, judgemental fools around today. And yes, as long as the attitude of Christians and their leaders remains inflexible your prediction that “more will turn against Christianity” is probably spot on.

  4. pastorjackwilson on said:

    Very well said brother. I could not agree more. I have wrestled with this myself and my conclusion is that as the days go on, more and more will turn against Christianity. All we can do is what we were commanded, to go ye therefore. We can hang our own signs and worship in our Churches and await the coming of our Lord which I feel is getting so close. We need to keep doing what we are doing. 68 of us walked through Payatas yesterday to share the word of God.We are to give the message, the saving is up to God. It’d the Holy Spirit who will save. You continue your writing, who knows who your message will touch? But I do concur, it is very sad.

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