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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas in the Trenches

There is no debate about--- do we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? To be in this debate is to somehow make Christ subject to the world. To spend one ounce of energy arguing over December greetings is to, in a very real way, deny the incarnation. To use a holiday greeting that includes the name of our Lord as a weapon is at best to deny that God became flesh and entered into the world, and at worst blasphemes the entire Trinity.
So for those who do not follow Jesus Christ---for them to say Happy Holidays when they mean Merry Christmas is to admit that there is power in the Christmas idea. They get (better than many professing Christians) that Christmas is not just a capitalist idea that strengthens a sagging economy. But it is God changing everything—making small big, making poor rich, making lame walk, making heaven possible.