“Tis the season” – “Deck the Halls” – “Jingle Bells,” are all songs representative of what most deem as the most wonderful time of year. But for many, the words, “Jesus is the Reason” express their beliefs regarding this season. This Christmas season rings different for us for many reasons, but the one we discuss in this podcast has been a large part of discussions everywhere for these past two years. However, the rhetoric these past few months has brought something out in a surprising group of people.
See, the very basis for this season, according to Christianity, is the birth of Jesus. However, the question we ask is, “Are Christians really honoring the one they claim to follow?” I am reminded of the fights over saying, “Merry Christmas” and the screams that “they” want to take Christ out of Christmas. From where we sit, it looks like Christ has been removed from everyday life.
How many Christians remember the story told in Matthew 2:13-18? Here’s a short reminder. Herod, the King of the Jews heard that a new King of the Jews had been born. He wanted the new king dead so Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt. An angel had warned them and told them where to go. They went as refugees seeking asylum because their lives were at risk.
This is what we see from the caravan of migrants headed to our border. They want asylum. They need safety. It seems that all anyone can think about are the so called jobs that the members of this caravan will take. Or the violence that they seek to perpetrate on the innocent Americans.
I just have a question for these Christians. Where would you be if Egypt had responded to Joseph’s little family the way you are? What if they had been met by a military force with teargas? What must Jesus think of those who claim to follow him?
We must be honest enough to face the fear that is creeping into their hearts and minds. There is no shame in admitting that you are afraid. But your behavior based upon that fear is very shameful.
This is the final show of the year as we are going on hiatus for a few weeks. Please take some time to listen to our past episodes. We wish all of you the best this holiday season.
See you in 2019! Peace and blessings. S.S. & M.T.