For the past few years, I’ve struggled with the holiday of Christmas – BUT – not for the reasons you might think.
I became a born again Christian over 20 years ago. At that time, Christmas became all about Christ.
When I married and had children, we emphasized Christ. Always! A certain jolly fat man dressed in red was never part of our celebration.
And then I began to ponder the whole idea of Christmas. The relationship between it and other pagan festivals occurring around that date, whether or not it’s appropriate to celebrate my Savior’s birthday on a specific date when no one knows His true birth date. And, the fact that the Bible tells us to remember Jesus’ death (and not His birth) until He comes.
My husband and I would have the same similar conversation with my concerns each year. He would patiently listen and then as head of our household decide that we would continue our family’s normal pattern of celebrating the birth of Christ.
Recently I was blessed to be a part of the launch team for The War on Christmas.
In The War on Christmas, Author Bodie Hodge states,
“We hope to get into the meaning of Christmas, the origin of Christmas, misconceptions surrounding Christmas and other aspects (including some of the debate surrounding Christmas) that you may not of heard of. Our hope is that you grown in your spiritual life by learning about this popular holiday with your Bible in hand as you examine the popular topics surrounding Christmas.”
Though all 144 pages, Jesus and celebrating Him ONLY is stressed. Scriptures are given to support this as well as a DETAILED timeline of Christ’s birth, the Christmas Star and more are drawn out and well written.
Fascinating facts such as the meanings of many Greek words found in scripture, Greece’s ancient inhabitants and how they relate to Noah and what this has to do with Christ’s birth -plus- foundational truths from the Bible going back to Genesis are included.
Also in this book: misconceptions of Christmas, the word “X-mas”, The 3 Kings, “Hark the Hearts Angels Sing”, and The Nativity. Biblical genealogies and their importance are explored as well.
One of the questions posed is, “Why not take the distorted pagan elements of Christmas and change them to biblical elements to honor Christ?” I have also heard Christians apply this type of thinking to Halloween — which is blatantly pagan through and through. I personally believe this is not setting us apart from the world. Rather it is the ‘dressing up’ of witchcraft in order to seem acceptable. And in that regard, that’s not what Christmas should be.
The author makes some great points and backs them with scripture. Though I do believe there’s not just a war on the holiday – but on Christ our Lord period!
As for me, I conclude that it’s best to keep an attitude of praise and thankfulness to my Savior and to remember His birth EVERYDAY!
A member of the War on Christmas Launch Team, I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was received.