Ultimately, keeping the “Christ” in “Christmas” — and I mean literally keeping the letters in the word — or insisting that people say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays,” doesn’t need to be our biggest concern. The kingdom of God is not at all affected by whether we can maintain a facade of Christendom in America.
Because, unfortunately, plenty of Americans are happy to go to bat to keep Christ in our holiday vocabulary, but are ill-equipped or ashamed (or both) to proclaim the Gospel to their friends and family members, or are enemies of that Gospel themselves.
If “the heart of Christmas” will be protected in America, the Christ of Christmas will first have to reign in the hearts of America’s people. And so our mission is Gospel preaching, not the culture wars. ~ Steve Meister