I wonder how we let them hijack Christmas, but they have done so and they haunt us with it.
Our sober ceremony was hijacked and turned into a carnival, and we let them.
A time for reflection was hijacked and turned to a time for show off, and we let them.
Our daily celebration turned to a ‘once-in-a-year’ event, and we let them.
Our peaceful days that we ought to spend showing love was turned to a noisy jamboree, and we let them.
A time for sharing has become a time to satisfy greed
to accumulation of excessive profit in the name of Christmas,
and we let them.
How did the birth of our Saviour turn to a reason to take advantage of people and hike the prices of everything?
What are the less privileged supposed to do, when they cannot afford a decent meal at Christmas time because the prices of every food item has gone up?
Does the birth of Jesus mean that some people should be unable to travel to spend time with their family and friends because transport companies raise their fares?
What connection has celebrating Jesus with disturbing people’s sleep and quiet with fireworks?
How did we let them hijack our Christmas?
What pains me the most is that we let them, and we joined them.
We joined them to reduce the meaning of Christmas to a pagan ceremony.
We joined them to increase the prices of our wares so that we can make more money in the name of Christmas.
We joined them to sell fireworks to cause a disorderly noise pollution and create fear in tender hearts.
We joined them to buy these fireworks that doesn’t let us distinguish between its foolish noise and the noise of a gunshot.
We have allowed greed, not love, to be our motivation, and pursue excessive profit at the expense of others,
Making the rich richer, and ignoring the poor who are getting poorer.
We try to soothe our conscience through our paltry annual gifts that we make ashameful show of.
And I wonder, what happened to the Biblical edict that advices that the left hand should not know what the right hand gives?
I also want to know if the orphanage and old people’s homes can survive all through the year, get good healthcare, get good education, and enjoy basic amenities based on the bags of rice and groundnut oil that we dump once in a year.
We let them hijack our Christmas, and we joined them to throw away its real meaning.
And now, when they carry their terror into our churches, and kill our loved ones on Christmas day,
We are dumbfounded.
They have no excuse for their evil actions,
But we have enabled them in the past, and now we pay the price for our indifference when they first started to hijack our Christmas.
Evil seems to be having a field day in our nation.
Terror thinks that it is having the last laugh.
Hate appears to have won the crown as lord of all.
And we wonder,
How can we sing the carols and hymns?
How can we say, ‘Peace on earth,’ like on that first Christmas morning,
When all around us, we see terror
And our hearts beat a rhythm of grief and fear?
We’ve turned our praise chants
Into empty cants.
They have hijacked our Christmas,
And make a mockery of all our songs of joy.
Like one patriarch of Faith says,
If all our hope is in this world,
Then of all humans, we are the most miserable,
For this world has no guarantees, and is filled with corruption, treachery, strife, hate, violence, sorrow, pain, and death.
Only when we have eternity in view,
And put our hope in Jesus,
Whose birth we celebrate as Christmas,
Can we have the guts to sing
“Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
For we know that our Saviour will have the last laugh,
Like He did when He arose from the grave.
We know that our God is alive and powerful,
And that in just a little while, evil shall cease to reign,
Justice shall rule,
And the Prince of Peace will reign supreme.
I those times that we look forward too,
Death shall die, and there will be no more hate, pain, or sorrow,
Then, the dead in Christ shall wake up from their sleep
And we will all reign together with our King.
Let us go back to the true meaning of Christmas.
Let us care for the orphans and old people around us daily,
Rather than make our giving a once in a year ceremony.
Let us share love all through the year,
And think of the gift of salvation that the birth of Jesus brought, every single day of our lives.
Let us live our lives daily, as if every day is Christmas,
Because it ought to be a daily event, to remember the birth of our Saviour.
Let us show peace on earth with our actions,
And goodwill to all mankind.
So I say today,
“Peace on earth, goodwill to all humans”
For our Saviour lives inside our hearts,
And soon will come and take over.
Though they’ve hijacked the memory of His first coming,
They won’t stand a chance when He comes again,