I read a guest column from Peter Heck on One News Now, about having a merry Christmas… without the X. He makes some good points–right up until his last paragraph. You see, like the atheists and humanists he writes about, Mr. Heck fails to realize that the much-dreaded “X” in “Merry Xmas!” comes to us from the Greek (I realize I’ve written about this before, but please bear with me). In fact, here is “Jesus Christ” in Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός. Notice the “X?” That is the Greek letter “chi.” And there is rich irony here, on at least a couple of levels: no Christian I know of has a problem with the X as used in the Jesus Fish, but plenty seem to take issue with it as used in “Xmas.” I don’t get it. ΙΧΘΥΣ is an acrostic for “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior,” people. The X stands for Christ. So get over the X-hate this Xmas, ok?
Now for the atheists/humanists/secularists, whose intent may be to “cross Christ out of Christmas” (though I doubt it–I imagine they’re just trying to get the collective goats of the hordes of gullible Christians), the joke’s really on them. Every time they wish someone a “Merry Xmas,” no matter the intent of their hearts, they’re actually saying “Merry Christmas,” for the reasons outlined above. And who said God doesn’t have a sense of humor? I love how He gets the last word. His Name will be glorified. (Though I am still waiting for one those cool billboards that, like “Don’t Make Me Come Down There –God”–says “Merry Xmas? I’ll allow it. –God).
What do you think?