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When you drive around town during the Christmas season, you’ll often see signs that proclaim Jesus’ birth. Signs stating “Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” or “Keep Christ in Christmas” are common. But if you live in Washington, D.C., this year you’ll see a different kind of sign. Signs on buses will say, “Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”1 An organization called The American Humanist Association unveiled this $40,000 holiday ad campaign last month.

Something inside me wants to walk the streets of Washington, D.C. and say to everyone who reads this bus sign, “Why believe in God? I can tell you why I do. Believing in God gives me a fresh start every day. I know that when I mess up, He will forgive me because He died so I wouldn’t have to. Believing in God helps me face the day-to-day struggles of this life because I have a constant Friend who I can talk to about anything. Believing in God gives me hope for a better future. A future free of physical and emotional pain. A future where everything wrong will be made right.

Form of Advertising

America isn’t the only country participating in this form of advertising. In October the British Humanist Association announced a similar sign campaign on London buses that reads,  “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”2

And something in me wants to walk the streets of London and say to everyone who reads this sign, “It’s not true! There is a God, and that is WHY I enjoy my life! I know there’s a God because I can’t deny the change He made in my dad’s life when I was a young girl. I watched Dad break old habits and be transformed into a better man—a man God used to bring literally thousands to Him. I know there’s a God because I can’t deny the peace I felt in the middle of my grief when my brother died of cancer—peace that he was resting until God raises him from the dead one day. And I can’t deny the joy I feel when I read something in the Bible that tells me just what I need to hear that very day.

Though we don’t agree with the bus ads, we Christians shouldn’t try to force Jesus on people. Jesus doesn’t. He simply says, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20).

Maybe that’s what we should do this Christmas. Maybe the best way to show what Christmas is all about is to knock on doors. To knock on house doors where we know there’s a need and give food, clothes, and other help. And to knock on heart doors by being a friend, offering companionship, and a listening ear.

Maybe acting like Jesus is the best way to keep Christ in Christmas.

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1 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450445,00.html
2 Ibid

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