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Keep Christ in Christ

Sean McDermott

Posted on December 24, 2020 23:52

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There are a numerous individuals out there who place a sticker on the trunk of their cars that say "Keep Christ in Christmas," but what does it mean to be about Christ?

Maybe you have seen them in prior days, months, or years, but if you haven't encountered a particular sticker attached to the trunks and bumpers of some cars, there are stickers saying, "Keep Christ in Christmas." The message grabs you by the pant leg to remind you what the day is supposed to be about: the birthday of Jesus Christ. Rightfully so- the holiday bears the name of Christ. Imagining who places such stickers on their trunks is something to think about.

Whether or not the driver with this sticker you encountered is part of any particular group, there has been an alarming number of people who align themselves with the Christian faith, but their views on society don't reflect a lifestyle that Jesus himself would likely condone. If we look at the large portion of conservative ideologies, or a group of Americans considered "The Christian Right," their behaviors don't align with Bible verses. For this group of Americans (not all, but many,) belief in Jesus leaves no room for any other religion. There is a will to bring Christian prayer back to the classrooms of children's schools. Many are gun-owning, 2nd amendment backing individuals who are fretted by any reasonable discussions about gun control. A good portion are pro-life, believe that abortion is murder, and don't support universal or affordable healthcare measures for those with preexisting illness (or anyone at all, for that matter.) Opponents of American Christian culture argue that there is love for life in the womb, but disdain for life once it has grown. 

Regardless of whether most who are of Christian faith support school prayer, gun ownership, or believe abortion is murder, there are certainly multiple bible verses arguing that Jesus favored support for those in financial hardship. John 6:35 reads "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not go hungry, and whoever believes in me will not go thirsty."

A verse as such is remarkably contrasting to those who do not believe in measures to assist the poor. Christian conservatives also balk at notions of increasing taxes on corporations and distributing those funds into society as they will affect 401k's and are a slippery slope towards socialism.

To that notion, the bible presents Matthew 6:24 which says: "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." 

These are just a few examples of Bible verses that contrast with the large portion of American Christian conservative ideology. It is stressed that not all Christian conservatives are alike, and one can hope those who attach "Keep Christ in Christmas" stickers to their vehicles are reasonable people of faith. Nevertheless, if you are among those with such a sticker on your car, please: If you want to keep Christ in Christmas, keep Christ in Christ first.

Sean McDermott

Posted on December 24, 2020 23:52

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