We Wish You…
Maybe it’s weird to say as a pastor, but I’m totally on board with saying, “Happy Holidays” this time of year. The fact is, many of my neighbors and friends aren’t celebrating what I’m celebrating right now. It’s not all about me. And it’s not about my religion.
Sure, I know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. It was more likely around the time we celebrate Easter actually.
Sure, I know that Christians adopted this holiday at the same time of a “pagan” religion to avoid persecution. Just like they did with Easter.
Sure, I know that Christmas has become synonymous with materialism, serving-selfies, and the Santa myth (wait, don’t tell my kids I said that).
But there’s a deeper truth around Christmas. A truth that I consider to be for all people. It’s not a truth so much as it’s good news! We all love good news.
Why I Might Say “Merry Christmas” To You
I promise it’s not to offend. I’m not that mean-spirited.
It’s because I believe that the deepest meaning of Christmas is for you. It’s for everyone. Black, white, gay, straight, Muslim, atheist, and so on. I believe it’s good news for you. Why wouldn’t I spread some good cheer by spreading some good news?
I think it’s good news for everyone, no matter what you’re celebrating, because someone who lived around the time of Jesus wrote about his story after interviewing witnesses. Here’s how he describes the birth of Jesus:
“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!“
You see, this wasn’t just good news for the people there who heard this announcement. It wasn’t just good news for people who believed it was news for them. It isn’t just good news for Christians. It’ not even just good news to the family of Jesus.
This news…Jesus is born…was and is good news for everyone of all time.
So, while I want to honor and respect the religions of others. While I want to acknowledge that people may not believe like me. And while I do understand there’s so many other things surrounding this holiday. I want to wish people a “Merry Christmas” because of what I believe. I believe it’s for you!