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The Gospel of Magnum PR: The Christmas Holiday Dilemma

December 2, 2015

 

Disclaimer: I am not going after non-religious people or people of other faith with this post. I am talking to just the Christians, it may apply to some or someone reading this might be reminded of somebody. Also, this is optional to read as always, you can always ignore it and “turn the other cheek”.

So as of “Black Friday”, the Holiday season has begun. Certain Christians cry foul that it’s blasphemy to not call it Christmas because everyone is Christian and might get offended by it. 

Honestly, I’m glad it’s called the “Holiday Season” because 1. Like it or not (I’m to talking to certain Christians out there, myself included) non-religious people and people of other faiths have ceremonies they celebrate during the month of December and 2. Other than the celebration of the birth of the Christian savior, Jesus Christ, there is little that has something to do with Christianity. 

For Christians, this day is supposed to be a time of being giving, loving, humbling, graceful, all the things Christ wants us Christians to be is what appears to be the opposite.

We “live by the sword” when it comes to shopping events like Black Friday, hurting each other, sometimes killing each other over something as pointless as a cheap TV. (Side note – This will lead to a future humorous post about making a reality TV and PPV out of Black Friday).

Instead of trying to be charitable and help the poor or loved ones get a hand up by giving them something they NEEED, we get people materialistic junk because we WANT it and justify it by saying we EARNED it, DESERVE it, and because it “helps the economy”. 

Instead of not judging and being humble, some of us throw a fit that people might get offended over Christmas and there non-Christian holidays. We also tend to brag about our religion at this time and often act arrogant about it. 

Instead of honoring our savior, we have turned Christmas into the WrestleMania of capitalism and wrapped around Santa Claus and his magical reindeer that will send our children whatever they please as long as they exhibit good behavior under his will.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing to get your loved one gifts, just don’t go overboard and try to make sure it’s something they need. Also, those receiving the gifts, be grateful and humble that they thought of you when they send holiday shopping. It bothers me people don’t like the gifts they want and get the receipts so they can get what they want. 

I could really be specific and pull out the bible verses that tell the certain values Christians should be trying achieve. However, because for those of us that claim to be Christians, we should believe in him and be like him, not the exact opposite. 

If we want to bring back “Christmas”, then we need to start acting like Christ and be more loving and giving. We need to stop judging and be humbled. 

Finally, if we want to give people the best gift around, then we should be trying to expose the lost to the greatest gift available at their free choosing: Jesus and the Gospel. Matthew 28: 18-20 says it best: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

That said…Merry Christmas everybody! 😀

 

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