It’s amazing what the church has come to think the rest of the world thinks. We nearly always get it wrong. We think that in order to influence the world we should be flawless. But the truth is, to influence the world we should be more loving. We think that taking a stand against those in sin will point the world to God. But condemnation actually turns people away from God. Some think that celebrating Christmas on December 25th makes the world see us as compromisers. But the truth is: those who religiously refuse to celebrate Christmas actually come across like a bunch of Scrooges.
If we actually made Christmas meaningful, focused it on Jesus and made it a festive celebration of His birth, the world would probably want what we have. Trust me; very few people know that December 25th is actually the day of the sun god. Fewer and fewer people even know the real reason we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Peter said we should be ready to give a reason to everyone who asks about the hope we have. The Old Testament feasts were celebrations. They only had one solemn assembly each year. That’s why they were instructed to enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise. We have the opportunity to take what religion corrupted, and what the world has turned into an economic marketing boom, and turn it into a real celebration. Our friends and neighbors would want to know why we have such hope, such joy and such wonderful celebrations.
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