Christ or Culture?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In a recent interview, a well-known atheist was asked about his attitude toward Christmas. He admitted that he celebrated Christmas, but primarily “for family reasons.” Why? Because Christmas “has long since ceased to be a religious festival.” He observed that Christmas has become “divorced” from religion. He had no problem wishing people a Merry Christmas. Why? Because this phrase “retains zero religious significance.”

Every year, many in the culture around us make claims just like this. In fact, Christians face an avalanche of propaganda—pressure to ignore Christ and make Christmas a secular event.

But for Believers, Christmas is a reminder of the central issues of our faith. Yes, it is a time for gifts and sharing, for family and holiday cheer. But we must not lose sight of the primary meaning.

Our focus must remain on Jesus. We must never fail to honor and worship Him, to proclaim Him as our Lord, and to realize He was God incarnate, “born in the likeness of men.” We must remember how He lived in perfect submission to the Father, how He became our perfect example, how He humbled Himself and died on the Cross for our sins, and how He rose from the dead.

Many in our culture may not understand the reason for His birth. This is why, as Believers, we must use every opportunity to talk about Jesus.

This Christmas, make sure that you are focused on Jesus. Worship Him. Honor Him. And use every opportunity to declare His name.