Nov 30, 2012

The True Meaning of Christmas

As I watch people, the media, etc. tell everyone what Christmas means, my guess is that our world is full of misinformation. because few Christians cared enough to tell people about the true meaning without putting the other person down as a sinner or worse.

I hope all of us can share the story of the baby in the manger (no, not Little Santa as a baby) who turned out by God’s good grace to be the Messiah of the world. We cannot blame people if no one has ever really set them straight on the “what’s up” on Jesus. As Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-17: “For, ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?... So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” ... and we are the ones who proclaim it and tell it and share it.

I pray that when we get opportunity these next few weeks to inform other people of the “true meaning of Christmas” we can do our best to share “the good news of Jesus Christ.” If we do not share the story of Christmas from the perspective of faith, then how will our culture ever understand its meaning?

One night, when I was working in Georgetown, someone from the Sheriff’s Department in Williamson County asked if our church could give to charity? The caller was calling for the Williamson County’s charity for Christmas. I said, “Ma’am, do you know what churches do?”

She said, “Not really. I know that churches hold weddings, though.” I said, “What you are now doing this December is what we do all year, every year. The church has been the charity for hurting people for almost 2000 years. When you ask us to give to you, then you are asking the original charity to contribute to another charity.”

She then thanked me and said, “No one ever told me that before.”

Merry Christmas!

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