There is a very real possibility that the unintended victim in the War on Christmas is Christ himself.
As Christians we are called upon to reflect Christ, and to be a light shining in the world. That means that we need to show Gods love, and spread the Good News of Christ’s gift to a dying world. And while it is important to stand up to protect the freedoms and rights that Christian’s, and every other religious group in the US is promised by the Constitution, There is a risk of going too far.
It has been said that one of the biggest stumbling blocks to unbelievers coming to Christ is Christians. In an effort to push Christ to the forefront of day to day life, many Christians come across as being uncaring. They put forth an image of being better than others because of their belief in Christ. Instead of shining a light in a dark world, they beat unbelievers over the head with their flashlight.
This comes across very loudly at Christmas. In their effort to keep Christmas about Christ, they run the risk of alienating the very people they are called upon to win over.
Instead of squaring off in a head to head competition with unbelievers in retailers, perhaps a more subtle approach would be a better alternative. When a store employee or passerby whishes you a “Happy Holiday,” simply smile and reply “Merry Christmas.” No animosity or venom; just a gentle affirmation of your beliefs.
Remember the reason for the season. This is all about God coming to earth as a human being to pay the sacrifice for our sins. He humbled himself so that we could have life.
Honor that gift by behaving in a way that truly reflects Christ.