“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luk 2:15-18)
Years ago, Christian philosopher Richard John Neuhas described the calling of believers as a duty to “tell the world its own story.” That calling becomes very clear during the Christmas season. After listening to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I want for Christmas is You” for the 40th time in a check-out line, my heart saddens at the fact that the majority of people seem completely unaware of the real reason for the season.
2020 has revealed the desperate need for Christians to “tell the world its own story.” That story is one of God radiating hope in the midst of humanity’s failures. Contrast for a moment the banality of “Santa Baby” with “O Holy Night.” One appeals to the silly at best and the other calls the listener to the glorious night when Heaven touched Earth.
Compare “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” with its “sentimental feelings” against the deep and genuine awe of “Angels we have Heard on High.” We see one with the promise of shallow sentimentalism and the other with the joy and reverence that can sustain a soul through difficulty.
Our world and our nation desperately need to hear the message of its own true story. The challenge for us as believers in Christ is to be well versed in the truth of our story so we can share it with the world.
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Merry Christmas and God bless!