Twelve days of Christmas 6

The Baptist Union actually have a double portion – two thoughts for Christmas:

Baptist Union of Australia

It’s time to claim back Christmas!  Once a solemn Christian memorial to the birth of Jesus, for many Australians it’s devolved into a retail festival that misses the point.  Cheer and good will give way to frenzied activity, congested traffic, endless queues and financial worry.

 

Many approach Christmas like Tattoo, the basset hound, inadvertently taken for a ride by his owners when his leash was caught in their car door.  Fortunately a policeman saw it and pulled the car over, but not before Tattoo reached speeds of 30kph, rolling over several times!  Maybe our ‘leash’ is caught in the door of Christmas commercialism and hype.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way.  We can reclaim Christmas.

 

Maybe this Christmas we focus less on food and self-indulgence and more on recalibrating our lives with the God who loved the world so much that he sent his son to save us.  Let’s decide to make the main thing the main thing this Christmas; less presents, more wonder and worship.

 

And as we focus more on Jesus this Christmas let’s allow his values to shape our own.  Perhaps the best gifts to give this year are less expensive, but worth a whole lot: showing hospitality to a homeless person, or a donation to a charity, or maybe something as simple as repairing a rift with an estranged family member.  Christmas need not be expensive for it to be profound.

 

The Baptist Churches of Australia pray this Christmas will be our best ever as we capture again its true meaning.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believed in him might not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

 

Rev Dr Brian Winslade, National Director

Baptist Union of Australia