The Artificial War Over Christmas: Part 2

The chatter in the MSM (main stream media) and blogosphere about Christmas observations continues to heat up. This “Artificial War” over Christmas seems to benefit people who write books like Jon Gibson at Fox News and who sell ads on 24-hour cable news outlets, but it really hurts our Christian witness and distracts from our celebration of the incarnation this season. I like to read all sides. Here are some posts to note: Closed for Christmas: The Ghost of Christmas Past by Skye Jethani on Out of Ur blog relays some typical sentiments that question the moves of megachurches to cancel Christmas as “pragmatic.”

Mark D. Roberts, someone I greatly respect as one of my favorite bloggers, has several thoughtful and savvy posts about Holiday Trees vs. Christmas Trees. I always learn from Mark. D. Roberts. Read more there: Christmas Tree Controversies.

Closed for Christmas by Kevin D. Hendricks is an intersting perspective from Church Marketing Sucks blog.

Skipping Christmas Worship by Todd Bolsinger at his blog It Takes A Church advocates the tradition as a reason to keep Christmas services going.

Christmas or Holiday: Part 2 by Mark Waltz at his weblog has a followup to yesterdays post, calling for us, in his usual theme, to the fact that people matter.

For a pastoral perspective that I resonate with, read Perry Noble at his weblog.

Christian, remember the words of Paul when you feel the emotion well up in you and want to vent, fight and take down the secular humanist who is forcing the nativity from the town square. If Christmas slogans and trees are the artificial fight, what is the real fight? It is not against people, for sure.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)

Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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