I love Christmas. I love this time of year because I get to spend special moments with friends and family. There are also challenges: Knowing when to say no to each and every invitation and or request; knowing when to push away from the table; knowing which conversations to stay out of… Not selling your soul for a $200 Flat Screen HD Television.
This is also the time of year that open hostility raises its ugly head. Some body complains that the County Court House has a Manger set up next to the Veteran’s Memorial out on the front lawn; teachers correcting their students from wishing each other “Merry Christmas”; “Religious” songs are sung at the Lighting Ceremony of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree – etc. etc.
With this open hostility in mind I would like to challenge those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ: Please do not confirm the stereotypes that people have in their minds concerning “Religious People” We demonstrate the truth when we live authentic distinctly Christian lives – which is contradictory to the bill of goods they have bought from contemporary popular culture.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. – (Ephesians 5:15-21 ESV)