Happy Holidays everybody!!!
Some people don’t like hearing that phrase this time of year. The American Family Association has called for a one month boycott on Radio Shack because they don’t have the word Christmas in any of their ads.
One might assume by our outrage every December that the Bible says a lot about boycotting businesses that do not market directly to your religious beliefs. One could also assume that the Bible says something like,
“Make sure to show the proper outrage on thy social media platform when the world does not celebrate all the holidays that you make up after this Bible is written.”
I am not an expert, but I don’t think it says anything like that.
I want to be clear, I do celebrate Christmas. I tell my kids about the birth of Jesus. I say Merry Christmas a lot.
I also recognize that when I get my shorts in a bunch because others do not use the same wording as me, that’s what I call a “Me Problem.” If someone or some business wants to say, “Happy Holidays!” so be it. That’s their choice. If someone wants to wish you a Happy Hanukkah, they get to do that. They are blessing you. They are saying, “I hope your season is happy.”
It sounds like we are complaining that Radio Shack isn’t marketing directly to Christians, which would be an absurd demand.
You’re probably thinking, “I wish he would organize this rant into three reasons why I shouldn’t be offended when a well-wisher says happy holidays.”
1. Your well-wisher may not be a Christian
One of the biggest mistakes Christians can make is to enforce Christian ethics and world views on those who do not follow Jesus. Following Jesus is strictly a behavior of those who follow Jesus. I know this seems obvious, but we do not act this way all the time.
Non-Christians are not going to say or do Christian things. Christmas is a holiday in the Christian Calendar. Expecting non-Christians to say Merry Christmas is like asking a Gentile to say Happy Hanukkah.
2. Your well-wisher may be a Christian who is attempting proper grammar.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. Christmas is a month away. New Year’s Day is the week after Christmas. This season is filled with Happy Holidays. If at this very moment I wish someone well, I will say Happy Holidays because I am wishing happiness on someone through out a season of multiple Holidays. It is not an attack on Christians. It is an understanding about how a calendar works.
3. Your well-wisher wishes you well.
No matter what someone says to you, if it starts with the words merry, happy, good, or figgy, they are blessing you. They hope things go well for you. If we could overcome the need for others to always look and sound like us, we could enjoy these blessings.
So I hope you do have a happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. If you celebrate a different holiday than I do because you are not a Christian, I hope that is great too. I hope that for you because I am a Christian, and as a Christian, I am called to love you like God has first loved me.
Because I love you, I wish you well.