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Christians urged to wage war on Christmas

premierchristianradio: Christian historian and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, Tim Stanley is calling for Christians to reclaim Christmas, saying the true meaning of it is being ignored and forgotten, writing in the Telegraph he is calling for Christians to “boycott it to save it.”

The true meaning of Christmas is being left further and further behind, he said: “Last week, I walked into a Costa Coffee, heard the sound of ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,’ and walked straight out again. This is what we all need to do. I, Tim Stanley – a right-wing Christian and member of the National Trust – am calling for a war on Christmas.”

Stanley told Premier: “I get that if you really, really love Christmas, of course you’re going to want more of it more of the time. The problem is that I think it is psychologically a little unhealthy to spend six weeks preparing for what many people spend one or two days on.

“It doesn’t really reflect what Christians are supposed to believe, which is that first you have the Advent season, which is about leading up to Christmas. Then from the 25th onwards, depending of course on which particular Christian church you are a member of, you then have the Christmas period, which in fact, lasts much longer, and there is a season of family and prayer and things like that. So, I find this tension between what the shops sell us as being Christmas and what Christmas actually theologically means, I find that tension really, really difficult to struggle with.”

Stanley says Christians should reclaim Christmas, he told Premier: “Rather than endorsing this season, I think it’d be better to withdraw from it and reclaim it. I would rather the Christians did their own thing and explained what they were doing to people rather than went on validating something which is really a distortion of the festival.

“I think you can make personal decisions in your everyday life which I’m trying to make, if I do hear Christmas music in a shop and I don’t have to be in it, I’m walking out of it. You do not have to join the mad sales frenzy, people are already shopping for Christmas and I find that a bit insane.

“I think Christians have got to be far more vocal about the things that make them different, they’ve got to stop acting as though everyone agrees with us, assume they don’t and explain what it is we really believe.”

Stanley thinks a good way to reset the Christmas clock and make it more Christian focused would be to follow a religious calendar not a consumerist one: “The great thing about a religious calendar is it is far more sensible and sane than a sales based or secular calendar, which is all about excess, where as the religious calendar draws things out.

“I think trying to re-establish the nature of the 12 Days of Christmas is very useful. The idea that it is not the build up to Christmas; it is what comes after the celebration of the birth, not just the build up to the birth and the celebration of it. I think if everyone just goes to church on Christmas Eve, if everyone tries to keep those 12 days, that can be a great way to reset our clock.”

Source: Published by premierchristianradio

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Oriji Chizoba
Oriji Chizoba
4 months ago

Well, Stanley is entitled to his own point of view. I believe that many Christians see Christmas differently from him.

Abimbola omolara
Abimbola omolara
4 months ago

You have to think about the origins of Christmas. Christmas started because the Pagans had a really fun festival for the winter solstice. The Christians feared they would lose members and loyalty to the Pagans and they needed something really fun to do about the same time of year – they came up with Christmas. So in 2019, if you feel threatened by the “War on Christmas”, I suggest you come up with a version of Christmas that is so much fun that everybody wants to join you. Here’s a hint: Nobody is going to want to join you if… Read more »

Samuel Bassey Usoro
Samuel Bassey Usoro
4 months ago

Well thats his own point of view
We all have freedom of expression

Uzoma chinasa comfort
Uzoma chinasa comfort
4 months ago

Well Tim Tanley may have a point consedrind the fact that Christmas has been a celebrated tradition for the Christian. But in general Christmas is not biblical, it is not written in the bible that our saviour Jesus christ is born on a particular date of 25th December

Emeghurhir Peter
Emeghurhir Peter
4 months ago

Not every Christian celebrate Christmas, unlike the Jehovah witness don’t celebrate it but it is day when the Christian use in the remembrance of the birthday of Jesus Christ

Atte
Atte
4 months ago

He’s right in his own opinion, for me, I believe Christmas is a time to reflect on the life of Christ, learn more about his teaching and not all about celebrating and enjoyment

Anyadike Rosesandra
Anyadike Rosesandra
4 months ago

Hmmm,To me he made his own opinion which I see nothing wrong with it..We Christians celebrate Christmas and some people don’t. So what is good for you might not be good to others..human differs so does our thinking

Ajoseh Florence
Ajoseh Florence
4 months ago

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus

Ojeah John Ekene
Ojeah John Ekene
4 months ago

Stanley has a point but not all Christians celebrate Christmas

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
4 months ago

Well that’s is his believe not mine I love chrismass

AREO Abioun
AREO Abioun
3 months ago

This his own point of view is really a tough one,but not every Christian celebrate theis festival

Fesojaiye Adebayo Folagbade
Fesojaiye Adebayo Folagbade
3 months ago

I so much believe in freedom of expression and Stanley is entitled to his own opinion. Why wage war against your fellow kinsmen, this is barbaric

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
3 months ago

Christmas is a time when Christians commemorate and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I think its a good time to reflect on our individual relationships and walk with God and men and also make amends where necessary.
It is also a moment we ought to take a critical assessment of how we have lived our lives from the beginning of the year till date, so as to make necessary adjustments and resolutions before entering the new year.

Sunday Bose
Sunday Bose
3 months ago

Everyone with different point of view about Christmas. Every Christian should follow their heart and know who they serve. As for me I love Christmas because it’s about Christ.

Nathaniel omidiya
Nathaniel omidiya
3 months ago

Waging war against Christmas doesn’t make any sense

Atijere Happy
Atijere Happy
3 months ago

Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day and many are forgetting that..Jesus is and can be celebrated everyday.. Christmas is a lie

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
3 months ago

Good point. It isn’t every Christian that celebrates Christmas.

Okebowale Ayomide
Okebowale Ayomide
3 months ago

Yes your speech is absolutely right,we Christian need to stand and re-battle it

Omorotionmwan Eseosa
Omorotionmwan Eseosa
3 months ago

My opinion is Christians should celebrate Christmas with all Joy not to wage war

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
3 months ago

Well, Stanley expressed himself the way he understood it, Christianity is a peaceful religion so far.

Ohakosim Success
Ohakosim Success
3 months ago

He’s entitled to his own opinion. But I think that waging war against Christmas is not possible. The best one can do is to teach people about the importance of Christmas

Sharon Peter
Sharon Peter
3 months ago

the so called christians are already carried away from whats been handed down to them without proper questioning and search in the scripture

Precious Oluwademilade Obasuyi
Precious Oluwademilade Obasuyi
3 months ago

why will they wage war on Christmas, that dude is an antichrist

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
3 months ago

By the way, do we have any chronological doctrine of exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ? I thnk this man has a point. Jesus never say celebrate me, but we are going too far, thank God my church doesn’t celebrate Christmas, we used that period to evangelise, win the loss souls back to christ Himself, not eating and drinking as we use to do then. He could be right afterall.

Catherine Ochigbo
Catherine Ochigbo
3 months ago

Everyone have the right to view Christmas differently

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
3 months ago

I don’t think it’s right and it’s not found in the Bible

Tavershima Maurice
Tavershima Maurice
2 months ago

Stanley is at his own point of view but Christmas is a day of celebration though not every Christians celebrates that day.

Delight adebayo
Delight adebayo
2 months ago

😀😀😀😀

ibezim Dennis
ibezim Dennis
2 months ago

These historians always complicate things

Blessing osaro
Blessing osaro
2 months ago

True Christian don’t celebrate Christmas.

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
2 months ago

Christmas should be reclaim every day not as we do celebrate it on 25th Decembers.

ossai Kingsley Collins
ossai Kingsley Collins
2 months ago

exactly, I agree completely, Christmas should be celebrated during and after the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
2 months ago

Actually it’s purpose has been abused

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
2 months ago

Thanks for update

Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
2 months ago

I totally not in support

Bright John
Bright John
2 months ago

We have to celebrate Jesus

Adewale Ayooluwa
Adewale Ayooluwa
2 months ago

👍👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️❤️

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
2 months ago

your point of view

Ogbeche peter
Ogbeche peter
2 months ago

Waging war against Christmas isn’t a good decision

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
2 months ago

day of worshipping our God

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
2 months ago

Christians reclaim Christmas.

Friday Barinua Michael
Friday Barinua Michael
2 months ago

True observation

Solomon Utom john
Solomon Utom john
2 months ago

That’s is own point

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
2 months ago

Christians celebration.

Onusiriuka Ezichi
Onusiriuka Ezichi
2 months ago

Why wage when you are to be celebrating?

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
2 months ago

Peaceful life.

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Stanley has his own opinion

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

Many Christians don’t see Christmas like he does

Miracle john
Miracle john
1 month ago

Hmmm

Afolami mercy Titilola
Afolami mercy Titilola
1 month ago

That’s his own perception.