One of the latest complaints Iâ€™ve heard from American Christians is that our culture is dropping â€œChristmasâ€ in favor of â€œHoliday.â€ Itâ€™s said that stores like Walmart and Target wonâ€™t even use the word anymore. I confess that Iâ€™m not terribly observant and havenâ€™t noticed it in my area. I did try a search of Walmart.com for the word â€œChristmasâ€ and Google tells me it occurs about 57,100 times. Thatâ€™s a bunch. Target appears a little more heathenish â€“ â€œChristmasâ€ only occurs there about 33,700 times.
But then it wasnâ€™t too long ago Christians were complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. We used to say, â€œChristmas is Jesusâ€™ birthday, not a time to buy things.â€ If thatâ€™s our former complaint, would it be accurate to say that weâ€™re now pining for the â€œChristmasizationâ€ of Commercialism?
Letâ€™s face it. The world is the world. Itâ€™s not the church. Why ought we be surprised with they act like the world? If we finally note that theyâ€™re acting like the world, weâ€™ll stop emulating them so frequently.