Summary: This message examines the issues around being politically correct when it comes to public display of Christianity.
Politically Correct Christians
Scriptures: Matthew 5:14-16; 28:19-20
I was leaving a meeting recently and as I left I wished a fellow worker a very “Merry Christmas”. Immediately with the focus of being politically correct, I wondered if I may have offended him, especially if he was not a Christian. He responded by wishing me a Merry Christmas and my fears were eliminated. As I left that person, I began thinking and pondering over the whole issue as to why I was concerned about wishing him or anyone else a Merry Christmas. Isn’t that what we are celebrating? When people go shopping, do they not say “I’m going Christmas shopping”? Have you ever heard someone ask, “What are you getting for the holiday or what’s in your holiday stocking?” No, they ask about what someone is getting for Christmas. This whole issue of Christmas being a Christian holiday and therefore cannot be spoken about in schools or on the job is setting a precedent that I hope is making you nervous. Consider the following examples that I found while doing an internet search on the politically correct Christmas.
• In 2006, three out of four employers no longer put up Christmas decorations in the workplace for the fear of offending political correctness policing;
• In the UK, the Red Cross banned Christmas nativity decorations from its UK charity shops in case they offend customers of other faiths;
• Macy’s department store ran into trouble when they removed the “Merry Christmas” greetings from all of their stores and replaced them with a politically correct greeting. Remember this is the store that was immortalized in the 1947 Christmas movie “Miracle On 34th Street”;
• A first grade teacher in Sacramento CO., CA says her principal has prohibited instructors from uttering the word “Christmas” in class or in written material;
• A school superintendent in Yonkers, N.Y. banned and then un-banned holiday decorations that contained religious themes more than the generic “season’s greeting; and finally
• Atheists have increased their “opposition” to the name Christmas preferring the “politically correct” name of “Winter Solstice”. At the Wisconsin state Capitol, they have a sign that says the following: “At this season of The Winter Solstice” may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” There is no way the state of Wisconsin would allow Christians to place a sign right beside theirs that said “Jesus is real, whether you believe it or not, you will find out, but then it will be too late to realize how foolish you were for not believing when you had the chance.”
These are just a few examples of “issues” that have come up in recent years as it pertains to Christmas. But I want to share one final example with you. Please watch the following video clip. (For those of you reading this, the video clip shows presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in an ad where he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. In the background there is a Christmas tree and what looks to be a floating cross. This caused a stir as some reported that it was a “religious message”. The second video showed him being interviewed by Meredith Vieira on the Today show where she questions him about the ad and its appropriateness.)