Today, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And as the local Christian community marks this very special day, it is important to make sure the message of Jesus remains firmly woven into the fabric of our community – not just today, but throughout the year.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2; 11
Today, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And as the Christian community marks this very special day, it is important to make sure the message of Jesus remains firmly woven into the fabric of our community – not just today, but throughout the year.
That is especially important as our region continues to grow in diversity. We have seen dramatic change in our community in recent years as it becomes home to people of various ethnic backgrounds and different religious beliefs. Many of these newcomers have come from oppressed countries and are of humble means, seeking only the peace and freedom our nation can offer.
Jesus was of humble means. From his birth in a Bethlehem stable and throughout His life, Jesus was not the ostentatious king, but rather was one who welcomed all people. That’s all people.
His message was a simple one: “Love one another.”
That doesn't mean we should love only those who think like us, act like us or look like us. It doesn't mean we should love only those who share our political beliefs or those who worship as we do.
It means just what Jesus said: Love one another. That includes everybody -- the guy with the bad haircut who doesn't always put his trash out on time and lady who might not always say the right thing or who wears a funny hat.
Loving one another means reaching out to others in the community. It’s a donation to the United Way or the food bank; it’s volunteering at a local nonprofit agency, serving on a board of directors, tutoring a child, walking to raise money for cancer or heart research.
On this very special day that is too often defined by doorbuster sales and twinkling lights, it’s important to remember the real reason for the season. Christmas should not be just a one-day celebration. It is a day to remember all year long. That’s the gift Jesus would want most.