There is something in the air (other than snow) this Christmas. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the struggle of getting together as an extended family, due to our different political or social beliefs. I’ve read about families canceling Christmas gatherings because of THAT person they just can’t stand. I recently read a fascinating article from The Economist about the political division in Wisconsin, due in large part to the pivotal role it will play in the 2020 elections. Both parties have estimated their campaigns in Wisconsin are eight months ahead of normal schedule. I’m not here to pick a side. It is very important, whatever our views, that we understand that the increasing polarization and tension is not accidental, but is being fanned by both sides in an attempt to mobilize voters. My plea is this, don’t sacrifice Christmas and family for a political agenda.
There has been a lot written about “the meaning of Christmas”. But what is often missed is a very simple fact. If Christmas is about Jesus, than there is good news somewhere in its meaning, beyond the joy of a child being born. The good news is, at least in part, this; God entered into and became His creation. He walked with us, literally and physically, just as He had in Eden. He came to share in our suffering and to reverse the curse of sin and death.
As we celebrate Christmas, let’s model the reason for Christmas, Jesus. Imagine if, instead of ignoring, condemning, or fearing each other, we chose to gather with and love our families and friends. Even if they don’t believe the right things, we can seek common ground. Because really, our families are not determined by our level of agreement. So this Christmas, I encourage all of us to find a way we can serve and understand someone or some group who happens to be on the “other side”. Fight the trends and pull closer to each other, rather than pushing apart. Thanks for reading, and have a lovely time today!
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