A Merry Atheistic Christmas

Renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens writes in the Washington Post:

I myself repose no faith in any man-made text or made-man redeemer, so when it’s Christmas I say “Merry Christmas” with a clear conscience, as I respect Ramadan and Passover, and also because “Happy Holidays” is so thin and insipid.

His conclusion?

It is not the business of the Chief Executive to take any part in this business, and he has already sworn an oath to put the Constitution first, last and above all. This oath is not general but specific, which means that any detail however trivial is important. May his daughters’ stockings be well-stuffed, may a mythical Saint Nick from ancient mythology delight them, may visions of sugar-plums dance in their heads, and may they be little drummer girls for baby Jesus but please, not in the parts of the White House that belong to the world’s first secular Republic.

The article is an interesting read–particularly for Christians. The Christmas season is ripe for discussing various religious views. However, one need not strap on extra ammunition engaging in the so called “war for Christmas.” Rather, why not be about the modest business of living everyday life among the doubters and skeptics, winning them over not only with words (admittedly necessary) but also with our lives as followers of King Jesus? Assuredly, during Christmas they’re paying much closer attention to our so-called “profession” as followers of Jesus then at any other time of year. Make the most of it, and don’t short-circuit these gospel opportunities all just to win a silly Christmas arm wrestling match. Because in the end, you may win the war, but lose the battle.

(Read Hitchens’ article here.)