Archive for November 12th, 2008

So, I know this will be two Christmas posts in a row, and I’m sure some of you heathens haven’t gotten rid of your jack o’ lanterns yet.  But I looked at SoL today, and it seems that some are doing their Christmas whining a little early this year.  It seems it’s already time for the first volley in the annual war on Christmas!

In this post, we are told that are “our civil liberties have never been more threatened than they are right now”, and we are pointed to this press release from the Liberty Counsel.  So I might ask myself what liberties of mine our being threatened this holiday season?  The right to free speech?  The right to assemble freely?  The freedom of the press?  Nope…those are all good.  Apparently it’s the right to buy stuff from people who use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their advertisements and in-store decorations.  I’m sure glad somebody is ensuring my right to be exploited by savvy retailers.  There’s even a “Naughty and Nice List” for your shopping convenience!

Somehow I have a hard time seeing how the idea of demanding our civil rights meshes with a holiday that remembers the way Christ came to earth.  By coming to earth, Christ gave up his rights, took on the role of servant to lowest people in society, and humbled himself in ways that still blow my mind.  Philippians 2 puts it this way (this excerpt is from The Message paraphrase):

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

So, in light of that, I think we ought not think of Christmas in terms of how we may protect our rights or who we may or may not buy more stuff from, but rather we should let this season be a reminder to us of what we are called to be in this world.  We are called to serve as Christ served.  We are to humble ourselves.

So, I pray that God gives us the wisdom and the strength needed to serve even those who seem to be our enemies this Christmas.

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