Allegheny Valley Church Of God
It's Nov. 22, 2013. We are just a few weeks away from the "big day." We are inundated with ad campaigns for junk the kids will forget about in two months. For the older kids we're encouraged to go out and by cars for our sweeties that cost more than my house. Merry Christmas! Some of the stores still use that phrase, others say "Happy Holidays." Either way, this time is neither about Christ or happiness, it's about money. It's nothing more than a pagan festival that celebrates money.
In our area, the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., tonight is "Light Up Night." It's a "Santa Celebration." In various venues around the city there will be music, tree lightings, food, "fun," and everything else that accompanies a pagan festival. The only thing missing in most of it is the story of how a Savior came to die for the sins of mankind. We don't like that message anymore. No one wants to be reminded that there is a holy God who expects us to care about what He wants. We kick Him out of school, shut Him out of our public consciousness, yet expect to make a lot of money on a day that bears the name of His son yet is shunned more and more in our society.
Recently comrade Obama gave a reading of the Gettysburg Address. Guess what word he left out of Lincoln's message to a divided nation. That's right, the "G-word." We don't want to offend anyone who doesn't believe in God. And, of course, a President who doesn't believe in God would never stoop so low as to mention His name. Yet, in a few days, there will be the lighting of the White House Christmas tree, er, Holiday tree. What a bunch of baloney.
I can fondly remember as a child celebrating Christmas. We got gifts and had food, but it was always about the birth of Jesus. Even in the pop culture of the time there was some acknowledgment that there was someone bigger than Santa. I can remember going to the Buhl Planetarium on the North Side. They had a yearly train display there that was a killer. Loved that. But they also had a "Sky Show" in the big dome of the Planetarium. They talked about the star of Bethlehem and showed how the night sky would have looked at the time of the birth of Jesus. They explored various theories as to what the star that guided the Magi really was. A comet? A meteor or some other cosmic phenomenon? At the very end, they said, "Well, maybe it was a miracle." How likely are you to hear that today? Let me know if I'm wrong.
I'm not a grinch. I think it's great to bless kids and celebrate the birth of our Savior as long as we realize that, without the crucifixion and the resurrection the birth of Christ is meaningless. He came to let us know that we're sinners and need a Savior, and he was the one who shed his blood so we could have eternal life. That's the real gift. If you're a believer in Jesus don't get caught up in the mess that's called "Christmas." If you're not a believer and you think it's just a fairy tale then you need to re-think and examine the claims and evidences of Christianity. Christ came as a babe in a manger to die, he's coming back as a conquering King to judge. We need to bow our knees now before he returns or before we die. That way we can be assured of an eternity with Him.
Are you a sinner? Do you lie? Do you lust? Are you gay? Do you gossip? Do you hate? Do you steal? Are you proud? There are many more questions that need an answer. If you answered yes to any of these things then you need to repent and ask God's forgiveness based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If you do then you can celebrate Christmas every day.
Well, I'm done ranting. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. When you turn 60 you can do whatever you want, right?
Well, if you're able.