There’s a real battle on Christmas, but it’s much harder to look at than a Starbucks cup.
There is a real war on Christmas.
But it has nothing to do with Starbucks.
If youre one of the Christians scandalized about the war against Christmas you have been defrauded. Deceived. Tricked Into thinking a company that takes snowmen and decorations off of their cups or keeps their employees from articulating “Merry Christmas” is hurling down the gauntlet on Jesus.
The over-hyped storey about the war against Christmas is really a battle on Christian knowledge. And, to be honest, I don’t belief many of you are falling for it. Most of it’s simply media noise.
The real battle on Christmas, which Ill share in simply a instant, is much darker than any coffee Starbucks helps up.
One speedy ranting: We should never expect a mainstream , non-Christian companionship to sustained our beliefs and beliefs about Jesus. Starbucks is not the church and they can do whatever they want with their cups. Besides, they never had the babe Jesus or the cross on their cupswere talking about Snowmen. Trees. Decorates. Snow flakes.
These tokens might intend a lot to us, but they are not Christian.
I repeat. These tokens are not Christian.
Every year the polemic about mainstream firms assaulting our right to read Merry Christmas get stirred up and social media disappears crazy with well-meaning Christians posting knee-jerk responses.
Its laughable. Ill substantiated it to you.
There are Christians in prison in Iran right now. Beings Like Pastor Saeed Abedini who have given their life for the gospel and tolerated extreme persecutionwith no end in sight.
There are Christians in Afghanistan who worship togetherrisking their lives in the midst of religious extremists.
There are boys in Sudan who are staking their claim for Jesus at health risks of being subjected to torture, banishment and death.
This is the real war on Christmas.
The one that we like to look away from because its grisly, dark, horrific and evil.
These are acts of warfocused on the actual being of Jesus and his followers.
If we could bend all of this vigor away from cups and holiday accosts and open up our eyes to experience the real battleremember, the one where Satan seeks to devour us? Just should be considered potential impacts we could have on members of the mission of Christ?
It would be astounding.
If we could bypass all of these silly controversies and get serious about Christmasand what it actually mean for the world, we were able to never cry out about pithy mottoes or medals. We would, instead, cry out for the world to know Jesus and for our brothers and sisters in prisonand suffering from persecutionto find freedom and relief through the very strength of God.
We have the Holy Spirit within us. The same Holy Spirit who caused Jesus from the dead and claimed win over extinction and sin forever.
This Holy Spirit does not stand silly controversies and neither should we.
This Holy Spirit is ready to be unleashed like air all over the world when the Church prays holy devotions filled with anticipation, strength and confidence in the strength of God and his listening ears.
Who cares what happens with cups and decorations or vacation accosts? Tells care about what happens to beings. Real beings. Our real brothers and sisters who are experiencing the war against Christmas like you and I have never imagined.
Would Jesus jump on social media in resentment over Starbucks’ cups-or any other media storey about a company stopping their seasons accosts generic? I think its silly to think so. Not just silly, Ill say itits foolish.
Dont fall for it. Dont get sucked in.
Instead, lets take our collective strengthand our social media real estateand shoot up devotions and encouragement to the incarcerated, the persecuted and the faithful.
Its so much easier to dialogue the colour of cups or the petty religious micro-persecutions we see in Americaand call that a warthan it is to fix our gape on real mistreatment and all the darkness smothering it.
Lets never forget about the real battle on Christmas.
Jesus come quickly .
Brian is the founding editor of ChurchLeaders.com and Faithit.com. He works with inventive and innovative beings to discover the top stories, resources and directions to equip and stimulate the Church . Read more from Brian here .