The Christmas season is tough for me. I attribute this to Light Deprivation Syndrome, mostly because LDS sounds more professional than plain old depression. But on the whole I think celebrating Christmas is a good thing.
Noted TV newscaster and commentator, Eric Sevareid, said it like this:
“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.”
Somewhere along the way the Nordic Santa idea, the concept of getting if we are good, usurped the Christ revelation of God as the one who gives freely, not based on personal merit thus our example to follow, verses one who gives grand gifts if we have been good, or lumps of coal if we have failed to watch out, or Lord forbid, had a pouting fit along the way.
Most modern concepts of God promote the idea of being good enough for Him to reward us with salvation, yet God freely gives salvation, thus enabling us to please Him and making provision for our weakness as He states in Psalms 103:14,
“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
The idea being that apart from His power in us, not very much is expected from mere dust.
John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Copyright 2012 © Larry Lilly