30 November 2011

Hypocrisy in the Christmas Culture War

The following was posted today at Letter of Marque
Calling Out The Blatant Hypocrisy in the Christmas Culture War
The Christmas Holiday Season is here again. That means we'll all have the heart warming joy of watching the renewal of hostilities in the ongoing perennial Christmas Culture Wars. Once again, valiant and brave defenders of Christmas will make their lists and check them twice in order to warn the unwary public about those naughty retailers and municipalities who’ve joined with the devil and her conspiracy to remove Christ from Christmas.
What boggles my mind about a growing number of "Christmas Culture Warriors" is their blatant hypocrisy. These are people who will call for a boycott of a local drugstore if they are not greeted with the words “Merry Christmas” at the check out counter. Yet, these same folks attend and tithe at churches where Jesus is rarely if ever preached and proclaimed. These same folks will threaten to hold a recall election for any local city council member who would dare suggest removing the town’s nativity scene from the court house lawn. YET, these same Christmas defenders attend and tithe at churches that will be closed this Christmas because it inconveniently fell on a Sunday this year.
This is madness!
Why is it that so many church people threaten to punish non-Christians for allegedly removing Christ from Christmas, YET these same church people give their “pastor” a complete pass when he removes Christ from Christianity Sunday after Sunday?
Shouldn’t Christians instead clean house and boycott all the churches and mega churches that are guilty of removing Christ from Christianity week in and week out?
Fact is, many who call themselves Christians have no moral authority to fault people in the world for saying “Happy Holidays” because they’re hypocrites. Those same church people surround themselves with feel good, ear tickling, self-esteem boosting, narcissistic, find your destiny, dream the impossible dream “pastors”. They brag about how much they love Jesus but prove that they hate Him by financially supporting those who incessantly twist and warp His word.
Think about it.
Do you really believe that on the Last Day that Jesus is going to throw people into hell for saying “Happy Holidays”? Or will He instead say, “Depart from me, I never knew you” to those who claimed to be Christians but attended churches where Christ was not proclaimed and sinners were not driven to sorrow for their sins and where the message of the free forgiveness of sins won by Christ’s death on the cross was not preached?
The Apostle Peter said it best when he said, “it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God” (1 Peter 4:17)
"Shouldn’t Christians instead clean house and boycott all the churches and mega churches that are guilty of removing Christ from Christianity week in and week out?" I couldn't say it any better. Amen and amen.

11 comments:

  1. This is a good reminder not to bear our Lord's name in vain. It brings the Church of Sardis to mind. They had a name but not anything behind it.

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  2. WOW!!! That was outstanding! AMEN and AMEN!

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  3. Amen to that! Some professing Christians strain at gnats and swallow camels unfortunately.

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  4. Excellent and thought worthy. Thank you. I am struggling since my own church will be "closed" on Sunday December 25 due to Christmas. The church will have 4 services on Saturday instead. I don't even know how to think about this. Will most churches be holding services as usual on Christmas?

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  5. So true! We definitely have bigger issues in the church that need to be brought to light. This is just another example of how deception is flourishing in the church today.

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  6. Yes, I agree. My own church has also decided to be closed on Sunday morning and have 3 services on Christmas Eve. Where does this come from??? I have never heard of this! Even though we need to be careful that we are not legalist and state that it is mandatory for a church to celebrate on Christmas Sunday. It is a matter of the heart. Is this just another symptom of the "New Church Movement" because the church I attend is influenced by this. By the way, just because a person attends a church that does this does not make them a less committed Christian. I hate the fact that my church does this but my options in my city are few and far between. No church is perfect which is a sign of the times. Yes, we can fit most churches into the churches of Revelation 2-3.... Dead, lukewarm, etc. Great thought provoking post.

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  7. Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Perhaps if more churchgoers felt this way, the visible church wouldn't be in such a sad current state!

    Garcia Family, you make a good point in saying that "just because a person attends a church that does this does not make them a less committed Christian." Especially considering the lack of strong, sound churches, today, I fear there are many who are in your current situation. I think the article astutely points out those, however, who feel no concern over a church being closed on Christmas, yet are ready to aim and fire at a non-Christian store simply because they opt to greet you with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." Like the "religious right," these individuals have misplaced their priorities, and while boycotting Wal-Mart may help them to feel as if they are working for the Lord, they are ignoring the larger problem - that their own church has sought to remove Christ, not just from Christmas, but from everywhere, in an effort to appeal to the "unchurched."

    This concept of a church being closed on Christmas Sunday absolutely baffles me. Can we expect locked doors on Easter Sunday from now on as well? I suppose we can be mildly encouraged by those still holding Christmas Eve services. I know some churches in the past have even skipped these, opting instead to (as one example) give each family a DVD of the pastor and his family sitting in their living room and chatting "family style."

    Of course, we also have to examine what the Christmas/Christmas Eve services actually look like if they do happen to occur. Are they joyful celebrations of the birth of Christ, with Scripture reading and teaching, God-honoring music, and the clear proclamation of the Gospel? Or are they worldly celebrations, exalting the temporal aspects of the season with little to no Gospel truth so as to avoid making anyone uncomfortable on this holiday? If it is the latter (as it is in so many seeker-driven churches), then perhaps they are better off foregoing the Christmas service after all. They already insult God week after week. Maybe a week off would be best for everyone involved...

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  8. oh no. I got one of those DVDs of the pastor and his family last year. Even my kids were left scratching their heads and wanted to know if they had to watch the whole thing. Even though our church will be "closed" on December 25 (I am still choking on the very idea of a church being closed on a Sunday, any Sunday) I have called another church in the area to see if they will be "open" and if we can visit. If they are, this may very well be the beginning of the end of my present church membership. Not an easy decision but this just might be the last of many straws.

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  9. Is the Escalator church going to be closed on Christmas Day?

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  10. Are you kidding?! Escalator Church is far too hip and relevant to be open on Christmas Day! We strive to please and accommodate the world, and the best way to do that is to let them sleep in on Christmas morning!

    Unfortunately, due to insufficient funds, we will not be able to produce a DVD for each family or even to stream something online on our yet-to-be-created website. We were thinking about recording on some old videotapes (there seem to be some old recorded episodes of Saved By the Bell lying around), but then we remembered that most people no longer own a VCR, so we trashed that idea.

    If nothing else, we will encourage all Escalators to meditate at the same time on Christmas morning and, if we're lucky, we will all be able to project ourselves onto the same astral plane and celebrate together that way. We will keep you posted.

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  11. Harvest Bible Chapel will be closed for CHRISTmas. Authentic Christianity at it's best I guess.
    Secular families spend this day together. This has been they day set apart to celebrate our Lords coming to earth to begin his suffering journey to save our souls. Our millionaire pastor and very well paid staff will be home playing with their new toys while the rest of us will be visiting another church. I wonder if the overpaid missions pastors even realize what a negative witness this is to those of other faiths who are watching us for authenticity. Harvest Bible Chapel is closed on Christmas day.

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