Saturday, December 27, 2008
This past Tuesday, in a Bible study Christmas party at his home, Curvin said, "Don't protect Christmas. Project Christmas." It is great advice for us whenever we become defensive of our celebration, the commercialization and the secularization of the season. The "culture wars" haven't been helpful to anyone, and our focus must be on the Christ we worship, not on any misguided attempts to dominate the direction of culture. At the same time, I take subversive pleasure in the knowledge that the symbol of Christmas commercialized - Santa Claus - is based on Saint Nicholas, a bishop who leveraged the wealth of the church to serve the poor. And I smile at "X-mas", knowing that the "X" is actually the Greek letter "chi" and the initial or monogram for "Christ". We don't have to worry about anyone taking Christ out of Christmas, we just need to focus on Christ ... and projecting Christmas will be the most natural thing in the world.