Talking About Christ at ChristmasThe world might be surprised to discover that true Christians happen to think that Christianity is true. Like everyone else, we enjoy feasting and exchanging gifts, but we celebrate on the twenty-fifth day of December because we think something of significance happened some two thousand winters ago. Calling it Christmas, literally meaning Christ’s Mass, is no coincidence or mistake.
I could care less about whether or not Starbucks uses a red Christmas cup for seasonal beverages. Christians who are concerned about such things have channeled their energy in entirely the wrong direction. I’m more concerned that Christians water down their celebrations to accommodate some perceived public offense.
Let the world be as politically correct as they wish. We need not be grumpy or gripe about it. The world should not be obligated or expected to lead the way on what Christmas is about. In the following excerpt, Dorothy Sayers reminds us that it is the believer’s joyful duty to think and speak clearly about Christ:
“Let us, in Heaven’s name, drag out the Divine Drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction. If the pious are the first to be shocked, so much the worse for the pious—others will pass into the Kingdom of Heaven before them. If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like Him? We do Him singularly little honour by watering down His personality till it could not offend a fly. Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.”