We can’t blame a virus for our behaviour, but my impression is that our global health crisis has generated a lot of arrogance. COVID taught us some things that are not good. We are getting skilled at dividing and rejecting. Have you noticed that some people are correct and approved, and others rejected because they don’t think like the official majority?
I have read news articles about ‘those people’ who are usually on the wrong side of an argument, like vaccination or some political division.
The official position seems to be, if we find someone who thinks differently, we demand an explanation. We want to know how they could be so wrong when we told them how to think. Division and rejection seem to be our new path to the truth.
If you don’t agree with me, don’t lose your temper. That would just prove my point.
We should all know, that a disagreement about an idea can easily become a rejection of people.
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It is almost Christmas, and that is when people in many parts of the world remember that God has a better way. A baby was born to grow, and show us that better way.
If we follow the narrative of Christmas, humility is always the best attitude. No one can be superior and no one is inferior; God sent a gift to all of us, and we can each receive an equal share.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
So, what happens when the gift is distributed?
We have to be humble to accept the answer.
People anywhere can accept what God gives us, and then they can sing about it. Whatever Christmas carol is your favorite, there are people out there who make their own music, because they have accepted the same gift as us, from the same God.
They get Christmas too.
It’s a great lesson in humility, to see how God works in the lives of other people. They don’t have to be me, or you, to find the truth.
Here are three examples:
This is probably not the music that any of us listen to on our car radios, but we should get used to it. If you plan to go to heaven, these are the neighbors.
The Karen people live in Myanmar, and they can be persecuted for following Jesus. Apparently, they also like balloons at Christmas:
There is an island in the south Pacific called Bougainville, near New Guinea, and the tropical Christmas there is different from what most of us know. The style may be different, but they celebrate for the same reason as us.
And we should include Africa in our conversation. These Christians are in the South Sudan, and they explain themselves very well.
I hope, for this Christmas, we can all learn how to be citizens of the world; the spiritual world that we all share. No one is better or worse, God loves us all, and gave us all the same gift.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them the light has shined. You have multiplied the nation and increased the joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the bar of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor. (Isaiah 9: 2 to 4)