His Presence at Christmas
The crisis of Christmas in the Christian community is truly a crisis of faith. Many of us will continue to ignore the invitation, dodge the truth, evade reality, and post-pone the decision about Jesus–which is a decision itself.
Yet Christmas is the birthday of the Son of God. What will separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, the mystics from the romantics this Christmas will be the depth and quality of our passion for Jesus. The insensitive will eat, drink, and be merry; the superficial will follow social customs in a religious setting; the defeated will be haunted by ghosts from the past.
And the victorious minority who are not intimidated by the cultural patterns of the lock stepping, anonymous, and unbelieving majority will celebrate as though He was near–near in time, near in place, the witness of our motives, our speech, our behavior. As indeed He is.