Looking for Christ in a Coffee Cup?
Every year, we hear that there is a war on Christmas. I would
wholeheartedly agree with this statement, but it’s not what you
think. It’s not because Starbucks decorated its cup with swirls
of snowflakes or jumping reindeer. It’s not because someone
says, “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” When
we harp on such silly items, we actually miss what the “war on
Christmas” is all about. It’s what Christmas has become for
many of us—a holiday wrapped in a pretty bow without
substance or sustenance.
At times, I admit I, too, have been a foot soldier in the war on
Christmas. I’ve allowed the true meaning of the season to be
hijacked by the hollow activity of running around and ticking
off gifts still left to purchase. I too have tried to “get through”
the holiday, rather than celebrate its real and joyful meaning.
The joy of Christmas is amplified by the story of Christ’s life.
If you’re looking to stop being the foot soldier in the war on
Christmas and you want to stick the joy back into this amazing
holiday, all you have to do is ask the question, “How would
Jesus celebrate this holiday?” There are three ways that I think
1. Through reconciliation: God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). Many relationships
suffer or fall apart because we’re not willing to reconcile with
each other. We can’t or won’t atone or forgive one another.
Christmas serves as a potent reminder to love one another
2. Through reconnection: Christmas is the best icebreaker
around. It’s an excellent platform to tell others about the most
incredible story ever told. It’s also a perfect time to reconnect
with each other and God.
3. Through Rejoicing: This is the season to rejoice in God’s
most significant gift to us—eternal life through Christ. This is
why we give each other gifts. We want to emulate that we are
beneficiaries of the most generous and touching gift available
to mankind—God’s mercy and grace.
So if you’re looking for Christ in a Starbucks Coffee Cup or
annoyed when someone wishes you a heartfelt “Happy
Holidays” instead of a “Merry Christmas,” I would take a step
back and remember that this season is about the Joy of Christ’s
birth. You can better battle the war on Christmas by
reconciling past hurts, reconnecting with loved ones, sharing
the Jesus’ story, and rejoicing in the real reason for the season.
I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE
RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.