It seems like this is the time of year where we indulge in that tradition of accusing people of declaring war on Christmas and then getting our feelings hurt. But it is not a war at all – it is more of an insult. There are definitely people that declare an insult on Christmas – we just react as if it is a war…
Can I tell you a story about an actual war on Christmas?
“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men. Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:” – Matthew 2:16-17
It is called the massacre of the innocents. Herod, the ruler at the time of Jesus’ birth, wanted power and title so desperately that he called for the extinction of EVERY Jewish child born in Bethlehem so he could kill one Jewish Child – Jesus. (He missed Jesus by the way)
Make no mistake… THIS is the war on Christmas. It has nothing to do with Christmas lights or cup colors or media interpretation. War on Christmas is like every other war; innocent people die so power and title can be satisfied.
It was under these circumstances of war and terror and murder and genocide and political power struggles and pride (fortunately, none of these things exist today) that Jesus entered the scene.
Please hear this promise from God: Whether you declare war on Me or simply insult Me, I will still be on My way to rescue you.
Christmas happened that year, and, Christmas, as it turns out, will still happen this year.
Jesus, I can’t wait to see You.