Tuesday, December 22, 2015

So Why Are They Celebrating?

Jude 22 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 And have mercy on those who doubt;

Luke 7:23 English Standard Version (ESV)
23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

I grew up with The Flintstones, loving that a cartoon was actually showing on prime time television.  I don't think that it ever occurred to me to wonder why a stone age family even celebrated Christmas.  Why, who wouldn't celebrate Christmas?  These days I find myself wondering why people, who don't believe in God and look askance at those who do, celebrate Christmas.  When did Christians let go of Christmas?  When did we give the holiday away, or as some would say back, when they point to pagan roots?  It has, sadly, become a cultural rather than spiritual holiday, a mid-winter break, a time to enjoy family and friends, to give to each other and to those less fortunate.  None of those are bad things.  Christians don't hold the market on goodness and mercy.  We are all capable of love for others, even those of us who don't love God.  You could even say that we are all able to do so because of how God created us, in His image.  You could even say we were all in darkness until the Light of the World, Jesus, was born.  That light still shines.   You could even say He glows.  

Born In Bethlehem - Third Day

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