Christmas, an opportunity for grace
Millions of folks the world over look to this day as the highlight of of the Christian calendar, while others will denounce the whole season as the perfect example of pagan superstition and commercialism gone wild. Does Christmas represent the birth of the savior or a misguided religious holiday? Let me suggest to all that Christmas might present a huge opportunity for grace to abound among us. I imagine that most are familiar with the Biblical reference regarding those who honor special days versus those who don't. If not, here it is:
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:5-9 NASB
Here is the grace challenge:
- You who know enough about the pagan roots that have been co-mingled with the celebration of the birth of Christ or who are sick and tired of the commercialism of the season with its shop till you drop, max out the credit card mentality, is his grace sufficient for you to accept the one who finds the day a cause to thank God for the Word made flesh?
- You who cannot understand how any Christian could have a problem with celebrating the birth of Jesus for whatever reason, is his grace sufficient for you to refuse to judge those who do not honor the day as you do?
My friends, this is the power of the grace of Christ! Live in it. :)