Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "War on Christmas"

Repeat the Sounding Joy

Have you noticed lately that it's the Christians who are often most cranky during the Christmas season? Complaining has almost become required. We hear sermons on how to deal with the stress of Christmas. We read ominous-sounding emails and Facebook posts on the so-called "War on Christmas." And of course, cable news shows ramp up the debates on whether an elderly greeter in Dinkytown, USA, articulated her "Merry Christmas" greeting in a way that satisfies the Westminster Confession. And let's not even get into the tiresome annual debate about the chubby guy with the beard decked out in red from head-to-toe. Pastors, as part of their sober calling, are often summoned to decide whether using Santa wrapping paper is grounds for church discipline. Is it just me, or have we Christians - the ones who know and believe God visited this sin soaked world in the form of a baby so He...

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Replacing War with Joy on Christmas

Around this time every year, some Christians get heated about the "War on Christmas." Political organizations churn out sharply worded press releases about a perceived attempt by the left to strip Christ out of Christmas. Bill O'Reilly will highlight one story every night, something like the town council in Podunk, USA that removed a cross from a water tower. The Drudge Report will take the most obscure case of Christmas secularizing and highlight as if its a dangerous national epidemic. And of course, the American Family Association will create its "Naughty and Nice" list of retailers who don't explicitly mention the story of Christmas in their promotions, forgetting the irony of using Santa Claus to beat up retailers who don't articulate the mystery of the Incarnation with their 40% off sweater sales. I'm not suggesting that there isn't a cultural push back against Christianity. I realize gospel-centered Christianity is increasingly becoming...

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Christians and the War on Christmas

Thanksgiving was last week, which means we're two weeks into the Christmas season. Feels like we're starting Christmas sooner and sooner aren't we? I think next year everyone will just dress up like Santa at Halloween and start in October. Count me as someone who loves the Christmas season. I just love that in 2010, in a world messed up by evil, sin, and violence, we still stop to mark a holiday that celebrates the incarnation of Jesus Christ into the world. There are certain things we can expect during the Christmas season. Every other neighbor having better decorations. Tins of sugar cookies and popcorn. Really cool pageants by churches. Christmas specials. Gifts. Lots of shopping and unneeded stress. Pastors saying 1,000 times, "The real meaning of Christmas is . . ." Churches and Christians doing toy drives and other outreaches to help the community. Wall-to-wall Christmas music in every store and on every radio station. No actual work getting done the...

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