They Will Know We Are Christians….
I’ve been puzzled for a number of years by the “battle stories” of Christians who have taken on the task of crusading for the greeting, “Merry Christmas” in place of “Happy Holidays.” Christians are not the only ones who celebrate holidays at year’s end. I don’t understand why something that does not have deep doctrinal significance has become an annual crusade. I think we can do better than that. The words we use are much less important than the actions we demonstrate.
Christians I know will say they want to let Jesus shine out of their lives, and believe they should share joy he gives them. Consider the post encounter results of “scrooging” someone who wishes you Season’s Greetings. How well will that work if you or someone else should try to talk about matters of faith? If a particular business does not put up a Christmas tree and employees are told to use inclusive holiday greetings, would a lecture on the Reason for the Season and taking your business elsewhere win them?
Then, winter is a difficult season for many people. A number of people are depressed during December for various reasons. Others are over the top stressed and busy preparing hospitality for family and others. Tempers flare easily. If someone takes time and thought to smile and wish you Happy Holidays remember that curmudgeonly behavior overrides any number of Merry Christmases. Be kind and smile. The stroke you prevent may be yours.