This is not a Christmas post. Although, its timing is curious. Just as I’ve been examining and writing about Christmas symbolism, there has been so much going on in our culture. On the one hand, genuine and pure, humble and holy represented in lights, trees, stockings and Santa. On the other, pretense and fakery, pride and license. I troll around on the internet reading articles and links and have often wanted to collect them in one place. I often wonder if we are like so many others – ostriches with our heads in the sand?
Do we look at our work and ignore our poverty? Do we dive into our entertainment and abandon cultural progress? Does family life consume us so that government life goes on without notice?
I can’t help but think that Christmas is not just about the Savior who has come to rescue us from the wrath of God’s holiness and justice. But, He has also come to press His kingdom into the four corners of the earth; like He had set out to do in the beginning:
Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
The first is, of course, from Genesis 1 where God gave Adam and Eve their marching orders. The second comes from Jesus Christ where He gives the church her marching orders. These efforts are inextricably tied to the birth of our Lord Jesus.
While we immerse ourselves in the beauty of Christmas (and we should), let us not forget the fields that He came to plow. Here are links to articles that may help us all remember there’s a great work going on here.
A smattering of outrageous headlines. Not that they’re outrageous, mind you, rather they represent a world and a culture where people are doing what is right in their own eyes. Whether that is not keeping promises (like putting legislation on-line for three days before voting on it) or spending money like there are no consequences, when we cast off the rule of God the result is foolishness.
Read some articles. Write your officials. Pray like crazy that God would right the ship. Christmas is about God’s invasion of this world – let’s live that lesson.