In the past few years, I have noticed increased marketing campaigns that omit the word Christmas from its signage. You can see plenty of Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings, but hardly any Merry Christmases. And then I started to notice smaller organizations and companies doing the same. Now, Facebook is filled with status updates from regular people claiming that holiday shopping is complete and to check out the seasonal deals at the mall. It is not popular to say Merry Christmas and the marketing giants of the world are trying to rename December 25th. Christ is slowly disappearing from mainstream Christmas.
I was apart of a debate on this subject that concluded that saying Merry Christmas was simply not inclusive. It excluded those who don't celebrate or don't believe in Jesus as Saviour. Happy Holidays is a more inclusive statement and politically correct, therefore it has been adopted as the official greeting of the Season.
I say bologna. No matter how hard folks want to eliminate Christ from Christmas, He is still at the center of it. I don't intend to exclude someone who doesn't celebrate or believe, but I believe and I am not ashamed to use His Name this holiday. I don't want to offend anyone, but offending someone by using the Name of Jesus is not a new concept (Matthew 5:10-12). It is a phenomenon that has plagued Christians for 2000 years. And this modern day holiday marketing scheme to eliminate Christ from Christmas will only work if you fall for it. Don't be ashamed of the Name of Jesus this Season.
I say Merry Christmas. Will you?