While many people are familiar with the birth story of Jesus, few of us recognize how religiously and politically subversive His birth narrative is. The birth accounts of Jesus undermine several core ideas in most religious and political worldviews.
Are Christmas trees idols? Some believe that putting up a Christmas tree is idolatrous (cf. Jeremiah 10:2-4). I disagree. Jesus is in the business of redemption, and even if Christmas trees used to be pagan idolatrous symbols, they have been redeemed by Jesus, just like you and me and everything else Jesus touches.
C. S. Lewis said that the way to convert the world to Jesus was to first turn them into good pagans. Is he right? He said “First let us make the younger generation good pagans and afterwards let us make them Christians.”
We Christians are often afraid of being contaminated and defeated by the darkness, but if we are with Jesus, we need not fear anything in the dark. So let us go forth with the light and love of Jesus to rescue those who sit in darkness.