Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Twelve Thoughts of Christmas - Day 7

When I was growing up it was the Soviets, the cold-blooded Commies, who ran roughshod over Russia and Eastern Europe.  They were America’s arch-enemies.  They were Lex Luthor to our Superman, the Joker to our Batman.  They wanted to destroy our way of life, rob of us of freedom, and cheat us in the Olympics.  We’re still uneasy with the Russians, but now Islamic Terrorists are the new enemy to hate.  And for some Americans, that means all Muslims in general.  Christmas throws cold water in the face of such hatred.  Remember the words of the angel to the shepherds about that Bethlehem babe: “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all people!”  All people.  Even Russians?  Yes.  Even Muslims?  Them too.  What part of “all people” don’t we understand?  Don’t forget that the Bethlehem Babe had the nerve to grow up and tell us to love our neighbors and our enemies.  And if we don’t worship the grown-up Jesus and do what He says, our worship of the Baby Jesus at Christmas is as phony as a 3-dollar bill.  So here’s the seventh of The Twelve Thoughts of Christmas—this “good news for all people” includes our enemies, people we don’t particularly like or understand, and just as surprisingly, even us.  

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