Can I really be astounded by this again?

I really shouldn’t be astounded by another action like this, but, once again, I find myself astounded.

What is so astounding me?

The furor over Starbucks’ design for their cups during the holiday season.  According to an article in the New York Post, a group of Christian evangelists is proclaiming that Starbucks is waging “war on Christmas” because they removed any holiday images from its seasonal cup design.

A Joshua Feuerstein, in a video, declared that “Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus.”

Seriously?

I shouldn’t be, but, once again, I am amazed and astounded by this.  This is what you say is an example of what some say is “removing Christ from Christmas?”

I remember once listening to someone gripe, and there have been many who have done this, that people who say or write “Merry Xmas” instead of saying “Merry Christmas” do so because they are taking Christ out of Christmas.  I then had to inform this person that, in all actuality, that isn’t the case.  The “X” is actually the equivalent for the Greek letter that is the first letter for Christ.  So, saying “Xmas” isn’t taking Christ out of Christmas; it’s an abbreviation, that’s all.  But so many people get worked up into a lather over this.

Changing up a coffee cup seasonal design or saying “Merry Xmas” is not taking Christ out of Christmas.

Want to know what takes Christ out of Christmas?

When followers of Christ don’t show mercy for people, but rather give the “gift” of condemnation.

When followers of Christ don’t demonstrate gentleness with people, but rather give the “gift” of harshness.

When followers of Christ don’t love those around them or those different from them, but rather give the “gift” of hate.

When followers of Christ aren’t humble, but rather give the “gift” of the attitude of “I’m better than you.”

When followers of Christ don’t bother taking the time to understand a person’s situation before offering the “gift” of presupposed judgment.

When followers of Christ don’t seek to build others up but offer the “gift” of tearing down another with words, attitudes, and actions.

Christ in Christmas is all about the Spirit of Christ being demonstrated.  In considering what constitutes taking “Christ out of Christmas,” a company like Starbucks changing its seasonal cup design does not qualify, nor does saying “Merry Xmas” or “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

If followers of Christ, instead of focusing on these very superficial, meaningless things, focused on demonstrating the Spirit of Christ during this season, then Christ will most definitely be in Christmas.

And if they did so not just in December but during every month of the year, then there would be Christmas in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November in addition to December.

Now, how awesome would that be?

Okay, being astounded is over and has morphed into a shaking of my head.

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