December 03, 2005 | 05:47 PM
The real war is against the Gospel of Christ
I can certainly understand why Christians are up in arms over the secularization of what has become known as the Christmas holiday, but the tradition is not rooted in Biblical Christianity, nor are many of its customs Scripture-based. The real war is against the Gospel of Christ, not Christmas and its trees.
The roots of Christmas are planted in Roman Catholicism and have grown over time into what we have today, which is a season not only celebrated by Catholics, but also Christians, and many other kinds of religious people. The season is structured in such a way to affirm Santa while reminding us of Christ, a season where fables and truth are made to co-exist.
The word Christmas comes from the two words "Christ" and "mass". The word "mass" is derived from Roman Catholicism's belief in "transubstantiation", which asserts that during communion the bread and wine of the "Eucharist" actually become the flesh and blood of Christ, and then is consumed. This is not Scriptural, but a fable.
The recent decisions by major businesses, such as Lowes, Home Depot, Target, and others, prohibiting the the use of the word Christmas in their instore displays and marketing campagins is just another example of how aggressively the war against Christ and His Gospel is being waged. The holiday is not their target, but the mere reference to the name of Christ and the tradition that has a resemblance of Christianity.
This time of year provides a wonderful opportunity for evangelism because it reminds people around the world of the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us lead them away from the holiday's fables and to what Christ did on the cross as we oppose those who attempt to silence His message.
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)