There are interesting responses to this observance called Christmas.
- There are the nay-sayers, pointing to the roots of a pre-Christian Europe and shouting, “Pagan!”
- There are the secularists who embrace the “Christmas spirit”, seeing it as an inspiration to be extra kind. Be nice. Give to the needy. Surprise and delight children.
- There are those who point to the profound act of God. Somehow, for some reason, an infinite God took on human form and entered our world to save us.
Nay-sayers snub Christmas, and the secular idealist looking for peace and kindness, suffer disappointment with the Black Friday mobs, rife with greed and tension. Even kindly giving loses much of its meaning with the sense of entitlement which is prevalent in our culture.
And of course, there is an army of churches, like voices crying out in the wilderness, encouraging people to remember the Christ child of Bethlehem. They point to prophecies fulfilled and the incredible consequences of God come to earth. They lament people being distracted from, or simply disbelieving such wonder.
Without regard for anyone’s toes, what if I told you- none of it really matters! Of course, it matters to us in the way, we don’t get anything more from Christmas than what faith and action we invest in it. It is the second most profound event in history. In fact, if you’re interested in the Christmas prophecies, here’s a site you might check out: http://unlockingthebible.org/2012/11/christmas-bible-verses-from-old-and-new-testaments/
However, what we believe or disbelieve has absolutely no bearing on the truth and reality of the event. Perhaps two verses that put the Christ-birth into perspective, are not Christmas verses at all, they are simply GOD verses:
1 Peter 1:20 [Christ] indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you…
Colossians 1: 17 [Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (NKJV)
Christ is timeless, He existed before the Christmas event, and continues into eternity after the Christmas event. Before time ever began, Christ’s birth was already a plan in motion. It was already a reality. The truth of Christmas transcends the latest emerging philosophies, marketing trends, or church ploy to have fringe believers return to the fold. Regardless of how we feel in this short season, what we believe or doubt; the sheer scope of the reality is beyond awe. It is beyond time. Christmas, the Incarnation always was, and always will BE.
I may lament the way we all diminish the significance, but I remain in awe over its reality. It is for the sake of humanity and yet it’s so far more than you or me; whatever we believe, doubt, or practice. It is eternal.