I have in my right mitten, direct from my home office on the frozen wasteland of Indiana, today’s category:
Top ten politically-correct Christmas—excuse me, holiday—songs
10. Chestnuts Roasting on an Environmentally-friendly Fuel Source
9. Rudolph, the Endangered and Exploited Specie
8. We Three Politically Oppressive Patriarchs
7. Rocking Around the Recycled, Flame-retardant, Artificial Holiday Tree
6. All I Want For Christmas is a Dental Plan
5. Frosty the Snowperson
4. I Saw Mommy Suing Santa Claus for Sexual Harassment
3. I’m Dreaming of a Racially Diverse Christmas
2. I’ll Be Home For Ramadan (or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice or . . .)
1. We Wish You a Non-sectarian Holiday
Yep, political correctness has wheedled its way into the celebration of Christmas—excuse me, non-sectarian gift-buying winter solstice.
At the risk of coming across as The Grinch,” Ebineezer Scrooge, and Henry Potter all gift-wrapped into one big “Humbug,” I’d like to propose putting some P.C. in our Christmas celebration. But before you click out of this site, let me change the meaning of P.C. to “Purposeful Concession.”
God Himself made some purposeful concessions (PC) on the first Christmas morning.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:
Christ Jesus . . . being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
After centuries of trying to get His message across through commandments and conflagrations, prophets and plagues, He conceded to communicate His love through becoming one of us.
If Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t get the world’s attention, perhaps Bethlehem and Calvary would make all the papers. The razzle-dazzle, Exodus miracles didn’t have the desired result, so let’s try turning water into wine at a wedding. The hand-writing on the wall thing wasn’t that effective, so let’s try writing in the sand. And slaughtering lambs and bulls never had a lasting impact, so let’s sacrifice our Only Begotten Son to bring lasting forgiveness.
Christmas is about incredible concessions to communicate God’s love and to redeem His beloved.
So here’s my point: we may need more P.C. (Purposeful Concession) to communicate the good news of Christmas. Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” So, racism, class-ism, and sexism are not only “politically incorrect,” but have no part in the Gospel message. Neither is their room for judging others by our own personal preferences or convictions. Most of all, we need to show Christ’s love and patience to those who are totally stressed out with the human-made holiday hoopla.
I am not saying to concede biblical principles. While God was willing to make purposeful concessions, He did not compromise His message. It remained the same. “I am holy. I am love. And I desire holy people who will love Me completely and love their neighbors as themselves.”
So this Christmas season, consider adding a bit more purposeful concessions to the celebration. Now, let’s all sing, “We Wish You a P.C. Christmas.”
Copyright © 1998, 2014 James N. Watkins