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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Getting Ready for Christmas

December 5

(Luke 2:1-7 NIV) “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. {2} (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) {3} And everyone went to his own town to register. {4} So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. {5} He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. {6} While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, {7} and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

(Revelation 18:1-5 NIV) “After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. {2} With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. {3} For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." {4} Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; {5} for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”

“Are you ready for Christmas?” is no longer a spiritual query. It is now a warning from the gods of X-mas. It is an interrogation as to whether or not we have completed our sacrifices to the sacred cash cows of Commerce. The season should be about Christ coming to Earth, but like the majority of those in Bethlehem when Jesus came, we are easily distracted by the business of the day. We are like a people in the desert, crying out for water, even as we gorge ourselves on the sand of “door busters” and “blue light specials”. Merchants covet the money of Christians, yet substitute Christ’s name with “Happy Holidays”. They are rewarded because believers look the other way for the sake of a bargain. “Getting ready for Christmas” should be about more than buying and selling. It should be saturated with Christ, the unmentionable syllable in the old name of this “Happy Holiday”. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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