Fighting the War on Christmas

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

7 Responses

  1. Actually, there are a few blantant things going on out there by the New Atheists here in the US of A…

    http://news.atheists.org/2013/12/03/press-release-atheists-nobody-needs-christ-at-christmas/

    But honestly, I’m not too worried about it… For that matter, I’m not sure if the atheist billboard came first… or if the hype about “We have to save Christmas!” came first. Doesn’t matter to me… I’m celebrating Christmas and I hope, as I do so, I point out the light in the process… jumping up and down and forcing others to practice something they don’t believe in… well… doesn’t seem like a “Jesus” thing to do, you know?

  2. I was just pondering something… something on the lines of “WWJD”, as trite as it may be… When people “warred” against Jesus with words and ideas, he didn’t shout them down, shout back at them, or anything… he listened… and then he asked questions, questions that exposed and revealed…

    It wasn’t a war by Jesus, but simply a surrender, a turning the other cheek, and letting the person speak… I wonder, perhaps, if the whole “War on Christmas” thing keeps blowing up every year is because it keeps on getting fought… what if, instead of trying to “fight back” against the unseen enemy, we do what Jesus did… simply surrender… let Christmas speak for itself through our words, our actions, our faith, our love, etc…

    • I was thinking along those lines for the last paragraph but decided to keep it short. Ironically, we are the ones who are most taking Christ out of Christmas. It’s hard to live in a way honoring the Prince of Peace when you’re worried about fighting the War, or how God incarnationally surrendered power by becoming a baby when you’re primarily worried about getting what your side wants.

      • I just find it… ironic… that the man who, when he was persecuted to the greatest extent, instead of fighting back, simply accepted it as inevitable is the man who people claim to be defending in their “War on Christmas”… Especially in light of this argument…

        Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

        *sigh* Ah, American Christianity… an oxymoron if I ever heard one…

  3. Wendalynn Donnan says:

    Thank you for writing this. I spoke to a person from my bible group who said he does not need Christmas decorations or banners to remind him what the holiday means. On a historical level, Jesus may have been born in the spring, so it should not matter when or how His birth is celebrated. For some reason a fir tree and holly make it more holy.

    A few athiest friends of mine are not against Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus, but the idea the holiday only belongs to us. Most of our modern celebratory things we do at Christmas come from pagan practices.

    I know who Jesus is and what He has done for me, for all of us, and that is what should matter.