Did you encounter a Grinch this Christmas?

I know Christmas- It’s insane how far away we seem from it, but it was a little over a month ago. Thought I’d share an interesting article I discovered in the midst of the Christmas season about a church in Dallas and a unique website they created to help reveal businesses that chose not to say, “Merry Christmas”. On the site “Grinch Alert” (which has now been removed – I’m assuming until next year) included a naughty and nice list where users could add to either- based on their acceptance of Christmas.

The site gave the following information:Have you encountered a “Grinch” this Christmas season? Share your experiences here at GrinchAlert.com! Here, you can nominate businesses and organizations that shut-out expressions of Christmas in their interactions with the public via marketing, advertising and public relations. When companies use misplaced political correctness to halt the celebration of Christmas, they belong on the “Naughty List”.

We also want to know which companies are celebrating Christmas with excitement and meaning–especially those who keep Christ in Christmas where He belongs! Those companies and organizations will be placed on our “Nice List.” Help us preserve Christ this Christmas.”

When I first read the article about the site my first impression was “ this is a bad idea”. Why do I say such a thing? I know you may be saying “It’s Christmas” its “Jesus’ birthday”- “they are shutting Jesus out”. My response is simple: Of course they are -they don’t believe in Him.

Writing this a month or so out from Christmas, my passion against the site isn’t as strong. Christmas is naturally put on the back burner until next year. But one life practice I know to be true in our pursuit of Jesus, is not that we as Christians should be stepped on or our beliefs overlooked, but that we should do everything we can to spread Jesus’ message of love and hope. But at the same time be responsible. Did Grinch Alert create a positive opportunity to urge business owners who don’t know the love of Jesus to ask more questions to pursue our Savior? Probably not, if it did anything, it probably took away some profits from a much needed Holiday economy boost and pushed them further away from Jesus.

What if instead of using “Grinch Alert” to urge people away from those who didn’t say “Merry Christmas”, what if the naughty list was used to push Followers of Jesus to those stores to spend their money and show the store and its employees the love of Christ. Just an idea…

The Grinch needs Jesus to…

I would love to hear what you think…


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