That’s not to say that Christmas hasn’t been twisted, even perverted, they admit.
Scene from the film “Nightmare Before Christmas”
“Gone are the days of holiday films inspired by blankets of pillowing snow and caroling door-to-door,” laments Drew Read, director of the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia. “No, today the Christmas movie scene is characterized by death, adultery, strippers and other dark, nontraditional holiday ’themes’ highlighting loneliness, tragedy and feelings of worthlessness. Why have holiday films grown dark? Are movie-goers depressed? Should teens have to walk through a character’s journey with death, an affair and addiction to understand the hope of the season?
“What kind of effects is this ’seasonal content’ having on today’s youth?” asks Read. “Where has the message of redemption, hope and grace gone? How do parents fight the onslaught of negativity and ‘adult’ issues filling the theaters this season and get their kids back to embracing the hope found in a Savior’s birth?”
1960s Coca-Cola ad
“Hollywood, since the beginning, has sought to create ‘holiday tradition,’” writes the Cobblestone Road staff. “Santa traditions were recreated, laced with worldly songs and materialistic attitude ‘Remembering Jesus’ was taken out and ‘warmth and home’ were brought in– so much so that the suicide rate is very high at Christmas.” Due to unrealistic expectations, “people want to experience what they see in the over-the-top Christmas movies. Humanism has sought to kick God out of society all together. Even at Christmas, the manger scene which once was the focal point of the town square during Christmas is now considered ‘offensive.’ The Grinch is now the main attraction.”
“Annunciation of the Shepherds” by Horenbout
So, why shouldn’t Christians boycott the holiday? Why shouldn’t we stand holy, pure and aloof from the drunkenness and materialism and denial? “The Christmas season is a great opportunity for the Church to preach about why Jesus came to earth,” writes Cobblestone Road. “Many unsaved people who do not darken the door of a church all year long will come to church on Christmas. Hopefully, the pastor will preach a sermon on the Lord Jesus and His purpose for coming to earth to redeem His creation – sinful mankind. The purpose of any sermon is to bring honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christmas sermon should point people to their need of the Savior.”
“Should we play the part of Scrooge and say, ‘bah humbug!’?” asks Keathley. “Should we call attention to the fact that certain of our Christmas traditions such as the yule log, the decorated tree, and mistletoe each have their roots in pagan festivals? Should we assert that to celebrate Christmas is to promote paganism and materialism and thus is just not the biblical thing to do?”
Yes, says Bethel, “We don't need Christmas. Beloved brother, if you have been dishonoring our Lord and our God by participating in the pagan, heathen practice of celebrating His birthday (so-called Christmas), then I implore you to repent, stop doing it, and ask God to forgive you. Jesus is God incarnate; that is, He left heaven and came to earth (miraculously born of a virgin), but He did this to die for your sins and mine, that we might be given eternal life and saved from our sins which includes coming out of the Babylonian world system and not participating in her pagan, heathen practices! Jesus is not 2,000 years old, He is eternal, without beginning or end; He was not created, He is the Creator!”