Christmas: the Season When People Care Most About What Others Think

We are in a society where many are trying to “keep up with the Joneses”, especially at Christmas. I can’t tell you many times I have heard people bemoan the fact that their income is minimal, and they can’t do a lot for Christmas. I totally understand that. While many have been frantically trying to buy the love of others (and pay interest on top of that), I have chosen to stay within my means. I have no other choice, but I would choose no other way. Christ didn’t come to this earth so people would max out their credit cards and try to outbuy each other. When will we get that?

As I was praying about what I would preach this morning, I saw an interesting biblical parallel. When Joseph found out Mary was pregnant, he knew he wasn’t the father. They were betrothed (a step up from engagement and a step down from marriage within that culture), and Joseph’s initial thought was to “divorce” her privately. Approaching the first Christmas, Joseph was wondering what people would think. Things haven’t changed much.

While many are scurrying through Walmart and ramming carts into people to give their family “a good Christmas”, ask yourself what you are emphasizing – Commercialism or Christ? This question is worth answering honestly. And it will reveal the recipient of your worship. Think about it.

9 thoughts on “Christmas: the Season When People Care Most About What Others Think

  1. I always remember the words of Captain Jean Luc Picard in the pilot episode for Star Trek; The Next Generation. “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” We all strive to be the best “me” possible by God’s grace. After that, everyone’s criticism is really more like self commentary. Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow! What a powerful challenge, Matthew! And you are right. So difficult not to get caught up in what others think. I’d never tied that to Joseph’s situation, but what a wonderful application. And not worrying about what people think is something that God has been teaching me for much of my life. Thank you. God bless you. Merry Christmas!

  3. That’s a great question Matt! The older I get the less I find myself caring about the whole commercialism side of this season. Thanks for posting and peace 2 you and your fam dude

  4. Over recent years I have ‘gone off’ certain aspects of Christmas. I can’t bare to buy anything that centres around ‘santa’ or christmas trees, in fact I stopped buying a tree a few years ago. I think it’s a nice time to gather families together, but I also try to think more about the true meaning.

  5. Another excellent article about priorities Matthew. Sadly I feel this began in the 1980s when America produced an “entitlement generation.” We as parents, also contributed to this problem by giving our children things instead of time. Especially living in Washington DC where teenage peer pressure “entitlement” was a given. I grew up extremely poor and I remember back that the homemade gifts we made for each other produced the most cherished memories.

    Let’s pray it’s not too late for others to learn from our mistakes, blessings to your lovely wife and you for a wonderful New Year,

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