Want to Keep Christ in Christmas?

Happy Holidays!
Merry Xmas!
Merry Christmas!

For some these are fighting words. “This season isn’t just a holiday season. This season is all about Jesus! The culture is trying to wipe Jesus out of Christmas!” some assert.

I am sure by now, most of you have seen a similar meme as the one above. “If we want to keep Christ in Christmas, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the stranger and the unwanted child, care for the ill, love your enemies.”

I am not sure who came up with the meme, but I think they’re right on.

There was a time when the people of Israel were fighting about what it meant to keep a fast to the Lord. Some were arguing that what was required was a stoppage of consuming food. As long as you did that, God was pleased. Others were saying that it wasn’t just about the consuming or not consuming food, but about living in a way that honors God.

Listen what God has to say:

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cord of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
…If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise the darkness
and your night will become like the noonday
(Isaiah 58:6-7, 9b-10).

This is indeed a Merry Christmas!

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