Merry Holidays

In case you have not noticed Christmas is only 3 days away. And if you haven’t done so already you will need to go out amidst the rush to buy your presents. However, Macy’s at Oakland Mall in Troy, MI has good news for you because they will be open 24 hours through Christmas.

As head out the doors to go shopping whether it is in the middle of the night or the middle of the day, let’s not forget what the meaning of this season is all about. I will let Linus do the honors, because he has done such a great job.

While that is the true meaning of Christmas, I don’t want us to forget that if we don’t live out that message that Jesus gave then it is no good. We haven’t learned a thing and have just forgotten that baby in the manger, even though we go to our candle light services and read the story in the Bible on Christmas morning. I saw the following editorial cartoon in the USA Today by Matt Davies and it made me think about how we as Christ-followers need to respond to things during this season.
Glad Tidings
I have gotten into so many conversations with people about how stores are saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” and many of these Christians have responded just like this guy in the cartoon did. Is that the way we are supposed as Christ-followers? Sure, you may think you are standing up for truth, but haven’t you missed out on love? Doesn’t the Bible say that “the greatest of these is love”? Shouldn’t that be our response? Instead of screaming, “It’s MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!” We should just simply wish them a Happy Holidays or a Merry Christmas.

The world is watching how we as Christ-followers respond in these situations, so make sure you respond with love. That is and was the message of the baby that we see lying in the manger during this time of year.

Thank you, Matt Davies, for reminding us of that.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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