Christ was the First Victim of Cancel Culture at Christmas

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Today’s social justice warriors cancel anyone who dares to speak out of alignment with their new thought philosophies. During Christmas, the very reason for the season has long been ostracized: Jesus Christ.

Taking the Christ Out of Christmas

For decades, the Christmas holiday has been a special part of American life. America was once a very Christian nation. However, over time Jesus Christ has progressively been removed from the celebration of the holiday.

In more recent years, political correctness has shifted the American culture from saying “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” as a way of not offending others who celebrate other religious holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. After he was elected, President Donald Trump famously said, “We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”

There’s a deeper aspect, however, because the removal of the word “Christmas” is, in reality, a removal of Christ. This effectively makes the holiday more of a generic celebration and completely removes any focus on Christ. In this way, Christmas no longer becomes a religious celebration.

Christmas: Disappearing Jesus

Decades before cancel culture became a thing in America, Christ was well on his way to a complete cancellation at Christmas.

During the Christmas season, Americans are completely wrapped up in shopping, decorating, gift-giving, celebrations and get-togethers. Our focus is on the party rather than the guest of honor. We’re all too preoccupied with the secular norms of the holiday to think about Christ. We miss the forest for the trees.

Pastor John MacArthur summarizes the problem well: “Meaningless, needless, useless, human interests squeezes out room for Christ…So much misappropriation of the meaning of this season.”

Attempts to cancel Christ from the beginning

Mankind has tried to cancel Christ from the day he was born. More than two thousand years ago, King Herod heard a child was born that was destined to be King of the Jews. Seeing this child as a threat to his own throne, he decided to protect his power by ordering that every firstborn male be killed.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.”

– Matthew 2:16

Christ was canceled by the Jews and Romans when he was crucified on the cross. But that didn’t last long. Christ was resurrected and rose from the dead, defeating death on the third day. Christ ascended to heaven, promising to return, showing that any cancellation of Christ in this world is only temporary.

After the resurrection of Christ, forces in the world have continued to try to cancel his importance. Even the supposedly devout have done their part, unwittingly or not, to minimize Christ. The same goes for certain religious organizations, sects and cults who actually don’t know the Christ of the Bible, even though they operate in His name.

Slowly removing Christ from Christmas

Most scholars today agree that it’s very unlikely that Jesus Christ was actually born on December 25. The Bishop of Rome made this decision in the middle of the fourth century. Mostly this was done to compete with December being the month of festivals and feasts put on by the pagans in honor of their gods in the winter solstice.

Those celebrations included a December celebration known as Yule. This is where we get the term Yuletide. 300 years later, Luther brought in the idea of a Christmas tree, which had been part of pagan festivals for centuries.

Holland brought in their favorite saint, Saint Nicholas, a white bearded bishop of Asia minor. The Dutch called Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and that became Santa Claus. In 1846, the first Christmas cards were printed in London.

All in all, Christ started disappearing from Christmas centuries ago. Today Jesus Christ, our Savior, the reason we celebrate Christmas, is an afterthought, if thought of at all.