This year and in years past, some local residents, along with radio talk show hosts such as Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, have expressed concern that “secular progressives” are trying to eliminate the name Christmas from holiday events. The city of Glendale’s annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” has come under fire because it doesn’t note, some say, that it is a “Christmas” tree that is being lighted, not a holiday tree.
What do you think? Is Christmas under siege? Or, is calling it a holiday tree more inclusive?
One definition of the word “marginal” is “close to the lower limit of qualification or acceptability.” Without question, the public celebration of Christmas in America has been marginalized. These days many people wonder: “Is it acceptable to say, ‘Merry Christmas’?” Multitudes of people, especially in the workplace, are being told it’s not.
Christians aren’t stupid. We see what’s happening in our culture. And we know that ultimately the enemy isn’t “secular progressives.” It’s Satan. Herod had his own reasons for trying to kill Jesus when He was a baby. But behind Herod and manipulating him stood the enemy of all humanity, the devil. “Secular progressives” certainly have their own motivations. But they, like anyone who rejects Christ, have no other option but to be held captive by the devil to do his will (see 2 Timothy 2:26).