It seems like every single year now there’s a controversy concerning the word “Christmas,” usually perpetrated by the left who seems to hate any public mention of the Lord Jesus Christ, and boy is that getting old. I long for the days when Christmas was a universal celebration and people just enjoyed the holiday season without worrying about “offending” someone by wishing them a “Merry Christmas.”
It’s bad enough that stores are telling employees to avoid using the greeting and city halls are now calling Christmas trees, holiday trees, annoyances and shameful practices to be sure, but it’s sort of expected from secular folk.
However, now even priests are jumping on the bandwagon.
via The Daily Wire:
A Catholic priest in northern Ireland says the word “Christmas” has lost all its sacred meaning in the modern world and Christians should just give up.
Father Desmond O’Donnell, who has a congregation in Cleenish Parish near Enniskillen, said Christians of all denominations should ditch the word.
“We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. “We need to let it go, it’s already been hijacked and we just need to recognize and accept that.”
Father O’Donnell says he’s not being a curmudgeon, but that the time has come to separate the word “Christmas” from the Christian faith. “I am not seeking to take anything away from anyone, I am simply asking that space be preserved for believers for whom Christmas has nothing to do with Santa and Reindeer,” he added.
“My religious experience of true Christmas, like so many others, is very deep and real — like the air I breathe. But non-believers deserve and need their celebration too, it’s an essential human dynamic and we all need that in the toughness of life.
“I’m just trying to rescue the reality of Christmas for believers by giving up ‘Christmas’ and replacing it with another word. I’m all for Christians choosing to celebrate Christmas by going out for meals and enjoying a glass of wine, but the commercialization of anything is never good.”
Or, and I know this is going to sound totally nutty, we could, as believers, totally stop capitulating to the demands of culture and society and live our lives as if Jesus really is the king of the universe.
You know, celebrating our holidays to His honor and glory, making our celebration of it look different by making sure that Christ is the central focus? Yeah, I like that idea much better than rolling over and giving up.
This defeatist mindset has no place in the heart and mind of a Christian who supposedly believes that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Perhaps he needs to study the Word just a little bit more until the sovereignty of God digs deep into his soul and he gets a vision for how and why celebrating Christ is supposed to be done.