it has subtly crept in, year after year
and I couldn't never quite put my finger on it
among Christians there seems to be a latent anger around Christmas time
and it is becoming palpable
their faces redden as 'Christ is taken out of Christmas' - like He is marginalized by semantics
they obnoxiously wish someone 'Merry Christmas' merely out of spite or to prove a point
are these the responses we are called to?
I too am saddened that more do not know my Jesus
but I am not overly surprised that Jesus is being removed by a culture than doesn't recognize Him from a time that has seemingly little to do with Him
so my fellow brothers and sisters...you love Jesus?
so show it
you want to celebrate Christmas?
do it in a way that honours your Lord
because quite honestly - you're not acting much like the One you say you celebrate if you are driven to anger and bitterness instead of grace and mercy
1st Peter talks about giving an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you have - and to do this with gentleness and respect
is the hope that you're showing calloused and jaded?
or are people even asking you?
and may Jesus shine in our hearts so brightly and His love so fully that we desire to serve those who may not acknowledge Christ yet, as we celebrate not just His birth - but His life, death and resurrection