When I recently pulled up at a stop sign, I read it as the acronym: “STOP: Special Time Of Prayer.” So I decided from then then on to try and remember to have a special time of prayer for our nation every time I saw a stop sign. I not only need to pray for my nation, I need to be reminded to pray for my nation. It’s the same with Christmas. It’s a good reminder for me as to why I exist as a Christian and to what I should be doing. While some argue that Christmas is pagan, commercial, or even demonic, I use it (like the stop sign) as a reminder, that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, as well as a reminder to take every opportunity to preach the gospel to the lost.
They are the ones that need to hear its message.
I’m sure you know the story of the Good Samaritan. He’s the one that showed that he loved his neighbor as himself by tending to the needs of a stranger. His example should be the normal practice for human beings, but it’s not. This is evident when someone returns a wallet that is full of money or he gives his jacket to a homeless person on a cold day. Such kindness becomes instant and national news (especially around Christmas), and the fact that its newsworthy is a testimony of the rarity of human kindness.
Would you stop and help a stranger if he had been beaten? I’m sure you would. Would you bathe his wounds, put him in your car, take him to a place where he would be cared for, and then tell the manager that whatever he spends you will pay the bill? Here’s another even more revealing question. Do you help those whom the enemy has ravaged in his agenda to kill, steal, and destroy? Do you pour in the oil and the wine of the gospel? Or do you cross over to the other side, busy with God’s work and leave the task of evangelism to others?
There is no greater evidence that we fall short of loving our unsaved neighbor, than the complacency that we have to the fact that he is heading for a very real Hell. Christmas is a perfect time to stop and reach out to the lost—to give gifts to unsaved friends, neighbors, or to family members. We can give them Christian books or DVD’s that contain the gospel, or send a Christmas card with a gospel tract tucked inside, or to actually speak to him about his eternal salvation. Just ask what he’s doing for Christmas, say how you love it because it reminds you of the most important event in human history. Then bite the bullet. Ask him what he thinks happens after someone dies. If you don’t know what to say next, check out our witnessing clips. They will help you: http://tinyurl.com/mlshvy2 Is Christmas pagan?
Is Santa “Satan” misspelled? Are trees in the house a form of idolatry? That’s something you have to work out for yourself. In the meanwhile use Santa’s bouncy stomach as a springboard for the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. And do it this Christmas, while it’s still legal to do so.
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