Monday, December 19, 2005

The Grinch and the "War on Christmas"

I was channel surfing Friday night and came across the last half or so of the animated Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Watching it, I couldn't help but think about our current Christmas controversies and the so-called "War on Christmas".

As most are familiar with the story, I won't go into the whole thing except the very ending. In the story, after the Grinch has stolen all the presents, decorations, and food from Whoville, he expects the citizens of Whoville to be miserable on Christmas Day. But, on the follwoing morning, when he hears them rejoicing anyway, he learns that Christmas is in the heart and that the presents, decorations, and feasting are only symbols of the joy, not the joy itself.

Many Christians are upset about some of the things that have happened regarding religion and Christmas in the public square over the last few decades. Perhaps these folks should take another look at this timeless story and review their political priorities.

I have a few questions:
  • Is it really that important to you that there be a creche on government property during Christmas time?
  • If a creche isn't there, how does that affect you or your church's Christmas celebrations?
  • Is politcal strength the same as spiritual strength?
  • How do these political battles over Christmas serve Christ and his message of salvation and redemption?
I posted a couple of other musings on all this here and here. When the government says its citizens can't celebrate Christmas in their own homes and churches, then we have a problem. Until then, keep your powder dry.


At 5:50 PM, Blogger Pastor_Jeff said...


Found you via Althouse. Thanks for the sane and helpful comments in your posts on the Christmas Culture Wars. To answer your questions:

No; It doesn't; No; They don't really.

Christians would do a better job of influencing the culture if they quit believing that America is a Christian nation that's been highjacked. For that sentence, you can also replace "Christians" and "Christian" with "ACLU" and "atheist."

If I read you correctly, you (like I do) regret that we seem to have become a country of thin-skinned whiners increasingly ruled by self-righteous nannies. If everyone would just get their undergarments untwisted, we could all enjoy the holidays (and life) more.

Anyway, thanks for the thoughts. I also appreciated the posts on surveillance, statistics and data mining, having worked in those fields in a previous career. And it's good to find another St. Louis blogger.

Happy Holidays.

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Pastor_Jeff said...

Also, I liked this post of yours so much I linked to it here. Merry Christmas!


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