Today’s issue of USAToday has a very interesting article, written by CathyGrossman.  She describes the current emphasis within Christianity which encourages believers to remember Christ above all the commercialism and materialism that seems to be taking over our celebration of the Incarnation of Christ.  She writes,

“A lot of the Christmas celebration is a nostalgic veneer that doesn’t really connect very deeply theologically,” says Mary Helene Rosenbaum, head of Dovetail Institute for Interfaith Family Resources, based in Boston, Ky.

When she advises religiously mixed families, she finds what works best is pragmatic: Elevate the holiday trappings over doctrine.

“We really are becoming a secular society,” she says. “When you ask people their religious identity, they’re really talking about their sense of community and belonging,” not wrestling with ideas about God.

Even some who lament the rise of a less religious Christmas reluctantly agree with her.

Unfortunately, I must agree with the reality behind the statement that states, “Elevate the holiday trappings over doctrine.”  If we could come to grips with true reality, all of our experience of fait must be informed by doctrine, otherwise we just have a weak, emotional, sentimental version of moralism.  Moralism is not the same as saving faith.  The writer quotes Ed Stetzer of LifeWay,

“The focus on peace and giving gifts allows you to safely focus on nice things instead of the idea that God sent his son Jesus to be Christ, who dies on a cross. It’s human nature to want to take the ‘nice’ without the ‘truth,’ “

If you care enough to read this entry, then I beg you to stop and evaluate your celebration of Christmas in light of biblical doctrine while we ponder the statement of the angel, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”  Christmas without the cross is no more meaningful than the evening news. Let’s all be sure to keep CHRIST in Christmas in a deliberate, sincere way.

By the way, you can read the entire article here. Have truly blessed and sacred Christmas celebration.

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