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Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)
TITLE: Warning: Difficult Times Ahead
By Catrina Bradley
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2 Timothy 3:1-2 NLT
My observations of the Christmas season in recent years have driven home my assurance that we are, indeed, experiencing â€œthe last daysâ€. The heart and core of the event we celebrate on December 25, the birth of the Savior of the world, is love. â€œFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Sonâ€¦â€ (John 3:16)
Christmas is the most opportune time of the year to share the perfect love He has given us with others. Unfortunately, I see the trend increasingly moving toward people becoming lovers of themselves and their money. Instead of carefully choosing or lovingly crafting just the right gift, the emphasis is placed upon spending an appropriate amount of money so the receiver wonâ€™t think weâ€™re â€œcheapâ€. The saying â€œitâ€™s the thought that countsâ€ has become a clichÃ©d joke. Itâ€™s the price tag that counts.
I have heard children AND adults whine about the gifts they didnâ€™t receive, with hardly a â€œthank youâ€ offered for what they were given. I have witnessed children running rampant in public and at family gatherings. Parents no longer discipline their children; instead they give warning after warning with no follow through to the promised consequences. Manners have gone the way of the steam engine. Ungrateful? Check. Disobedient? Check.
On December 26, Jesus is packed away with the ornaments and blinking lights, forgotten, until Thanksgiving rolls around and we take Him out and show Him off again. But it seems that each year, more and more bulbs have burnt out, and His light into the world grows dimmer. The days following Christmas are spent showing off our new possessions, being â€œboastful and proudâ€ of what we have acquired. We may not literally scoff at God with our words, but our actions speak loud and clear.
The world is gradually replacing Christmas with a generic â€œholidayâ€, and the new â€œreason for the seasonâ€ might easily be boiled down into one word: self.
â€œIn the last daysâ€¦they will consider nothing sacred.â€
Not even Christ.
Lord Jesus, come quickly.
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