By Ben Lawson
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, people often focus on the material side of Christmas. But some would like to remind us not to forget the meaning behind the season.
David Hurst, youth pastor at South Knoxville Church of God, feels that since Christmas has become such a huge money maker, it’s hard for people to separate that from a focus on God.
“People want a complete separation of the meaning of Christmas from the business part,” he said.
He recalled being unable to find a set of Three Wise Men for the church’s Nativity scene. The desire not to offend some has led to businesses focusing only on what sells.
Of course, businesses have to do what they can in tough economic times. David Wear, with the Sevier County Economic Development Council, noted that the outlook for the holiday shopping season was not quite what people had hoped for.
“I think everyone is remaining optimistic,” he said. “But I don’t know if they’re seeing the numbers they’d like.”
Hurst understands that retail has to appeal to as many people as possible, but wishes the holiday hadn’t been so cheapened by people compromising on their beliefs.
South Knoxville Church of God will hold a Christmas play this Sunday to promote this idea with a story based on “A Christmas Carol.”
“It’s a holiday people no longer revere as holy,” he said. “Christmas has just become a money maker.”
Christmas for Sale
By Ben Lawson