In a new Pew Research survey, most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few are bothered by this trend.
As a person of faith, I know that “Jesus is the reason for the season”. Jesus is the Son of God. Christmas should be the time of year when we humbly worship the birth of our Savior. While it is becoming more a time of “what did I get for Christmas”, that leaves plenty of room for us the spread the good news of the Messiah, how he was born, how he lived among us, his death, resurrection and ascension.
As we say in the Apostle’s Creed:
. . . I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
. . .
“Among the topics probed by the new survey, one of the most striking changes in recent years involves the share of Americans who say they believe the birth of Jesus occurred as depicted in the Bible. Today, 66% say they believe Jesus was born to a virgin, down from 73% in 2014. Likewise, 68% of U.S. adults now say they believe that the wise men were guided by a star and brought gifts for baby Jesus, down from 75%. And there are similar declines in the shares of Americans who believe that Jesus’ birth was heralded by an angel of the Lord and that Jesus was laid in a manger as an infant.
“Overall, 57% of Americans now believe in all four of these elements of the Christmas story, down from 65% in 2014.”
See the charts below for more detail.