As a pastor, I have a confession. I’ve been a bit confused about Christmas. Why is this event such a big deal in our culture? Why have stores been ready for this since mid-October? Why are streets decorated with lights, houses have live trees inside, people are wearing tacky sweaters? Why do kids get out of school for 2 weeks? Why are radio stations playing that awful Paul McCartney song over and over? What is all the fuss about?
I could understand if it was about a fat man in a red suit with flying reindeer breaking and entering all over the world in one night leaving gifts and eating cookies. That would warrant a fuss in our culture for sure. But even if it was, what would inspire that plump person to such activity?
I get that we celebrate Christmas because it is the birth of Jesus. But why is our culture so willing to celebrate the birth of a man they exclude, separate from, and ignore for the rest of the year? That is what I’m confused about. Why does our culture celebrate someone being born when the rest of the year it is so threatened by His existence?
We don’t mention him in public settings. We don’t mention him at work. We certainly don’t bring Him up in a school. And God forbid, we talk about Him in the same breath as the government.
I’d love to hear some answers if you have them.