Christian Clichés: The Things We Say #2

On Tuesday, I began a series of posts to analyze those little sayings that Christians have and determine if they truly are biblical. Today, with the Christmas season just past, I figured we would look at a saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a lot recently:

“Jesus is the reason for the season.”

At first glance, my only thought on this saying was that it was all too easy to repeat – probably more so than any other sayings that we have. When it comes down to it, this sentence probably makes more hypocrites come Christmas than any other time of the year. It’s easy to say, sounds nice, and makes it all too simple for us to give the appearance of focusing on Christ, when we’re actually focusing on family or giving (or whatever else you can fill in the blank with). I realized this when a friend told me that her church moved Sunday morning worship to Saturday morning this past weekend, so that families could be together on Christmas morning. It sounded logical at first, but then I began asking myself, “If we’re really making this day all about Jesus, wouldn’t we want to begin it in His house?”

So in the end, this saying is all too easy to repeat without truly considering what it means or allowing it to make a difference in our lives. If we’re going to say it, we need to live it without any excuses.

But that’s not all. The truth is, the world has a lot of reasons for the season – it isn’t even technically Jesus’ birthday and it’s origins get a little iffy. And while there is nothing wrong with remembering our Savior’s birth at this time, what we must remember is that Jesus is the true reason for everything, not simply the holidays.

“…All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:16-17

What are your thoughts on this saying?
Are there any sayings that you would like to be included in this series? Let me know!

13 comments

  1. Lindsay says:

    Yes! While our family definitely focuses on Jesus heavily during the Christmas season, we also focus on him year-round. We certainly don’t keep him in the forefront at all times like we should, but we try. If we try to remember that Jesus is the reason for EVERYTHING, it shifts the dynamic big time!

  2. Joy S. says:

    Thanks for this! I think it’s very true what you say about how easy it is to say we’re all about Jesus but really we’re all about something else. If we’re really about Jesus, we will LIVE like it, not just TALK like it.

  3. Karen says:

    you mentioned>>>her church moved Sunday morning worship to Saturday morning this past weekend<<< this is the way it is supposed to be …read Exodus 20 and God Commands us to have Sabbath(church)on Saturday…my hubby and i did a very deep study in the bible when the church we used to go to started studying the 10 commandments….i know what the reasons others might give if they reply to this post…all i can say is PRAY and read Gods Word……not what pastors say or friends….ask God to give you wisdom as mentioned in James 1:5
    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    James 1:4-6 (in Context) Pray we all will be Closer To Christ in 2012..Gods peace

    • Karen, you bring up a difficult subject for many. However, the heart of the matter when you get down to it is exactly that- the heart. God looks at our heart and we must do the same. His Word is clear that we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Period. We are also not to judge others regarding food, drink, festivals, new moons, or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is and always will be Christ (Col 2:16-17). Romans 14 tells us that one person esteems one day above another and another esteems every day alike, however, we are to each be fully convinced in our own minds and esteem it unto the Lord (vs 5-6). The message behind what RachelAllison is sharing regards placing other things before Jesus, when He is not only the reason for the season, but the reason for everything because again, the substance is Christ. So whether we worship on Saturday or Sunday, we must worship in spirit and in truth, place Him above and before all else, and not judge others in their convictions. I hope this is clear and does not come across as an attack 
      God bless you, Karen, and I pray you have a wonderfully, spirit filled New Year.

  4. Alison says:

    “And while there is nothing wrong with remembering our Savior’s birth at this time, what we must remember is that Jesus is the true reason for everything, not simply the holidays.”

    You nailed it!

  5. Hannah says:

    I love that verse! I think that that saying is totally underestimated. I found your blog because of LYWB, I am going to really enjoy reading your blog.
    -Hannah

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