Perhaps Christmas has become passe? Or maybe commercialism has contributed individuals from losing sight of its meaning. Either way, holiday music has been unsuccessful in preparing hearts to find the Christmas spirit.
You don’t have to go any further than Black Friday’s encroachment upon Thanksgiving to see and feel these effects. Thanking God for the day has been interrupted by football, movies and shopping. Add in mobs of citizens making a mad dash to get the last item left in the store; then you’ll realize its not beginning to look like Christmas.
As long as hearts continue to dwell on selfish desires, Romans 3:9-12, individuals will be unable to experience the true meaning of Christmas. Possessing the spirit of Christmas isn’t something you can turn on and off. Rather, you need a heart transplant, Romans 10:9-10. Only then, you will the grinch inside of you vanish, opening the door for good tidings and joy to shine through.
by Jay Mankus