Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NIV)

I have bashed "secular" Christmas enough that you know where I stand. But, I can see some great opportunities to serve Jesus and present his message through the secularism. We do walk a fine line. We don't want to promote Santa as God or a god. But, we do want to promote his virtues as being of God. We don't want to get trapped in the thought that our goodness brings blessings from God like the naughty/nice list from Santa. But, we do want to promote giving freely and as a treasured act. The peace of new fallen snow on Christmas Eve sets a great scene and feeling. I get the same feeling about Jesus birth in  little town of Bethlehem. 

It's ok to enjoy the "secular" parts of Christmas as long we use that story to help promote the power of the gospel. It's ok to dream about a white Christmas and the purity of the life of Jesus. God wants us to enjoy life for his purpose at Christmas time and throughout the entire year. Look at Christmas through the eyes of the creator of the universe. Don't just move through Christmas without Jesus! That even sounds ludicrous.

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