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“Dreaming of a Right Christmas”

“Dreaming of a Right Christmas”

Dec 7
2018
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Sisters and Brothers of the Light,
Here it is, December and shortly all kinds of sounds will remind us that Christmas is coming. This year though, traditional joyous sounds of the season – i.e., bells ringing, choirs singing, and music filling the air – will sound against the backdrop of America coming apart at the seams. This is evidenced in our daily witness of forces threatening the stability of a “just and democratic non-imperialistic” America. As a result, my desire this Christmas is that we all lift our heads above the tinsel and seasonal trappings, take a cold, hard look at our present-day America, and redirect our human attention to the actualization of the proclamation, “peace on earth and goodwill to all” to ensure a “Right Christmas”.
Even though “peace on earth and goodwill to all” comes to the forefront during the Christmas time, it is [in actuality] a mistranslation of Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (ESV). Still, these words have been accepted and repeated without question over the years because they summarize for many the warm feelings equated with Christmas. They convey expectant hope; a spirit of generosity; and kindness toward others. However, these words of comfort and cheer feel hollow and platitudinous juxtaposed against callous and inhumane DC policies of separating, caging, and tear gassing poor, desperate and helpless families at the US-Mexico Border. There’s no “peace and goodwill” in that.
A “Right Christmas”, therefore, means the compassionate among us, even if selective at times, willingly and reliably fight for the safety and refuge of those seeking asylum from oppressive and inhumane regimes. Particularly, it means seeing those at the US-Mexico Border to be more than “illegal immigrants” but as God’s Beloveds in need. A “Right Christmas” means understanding that our voting privilege requires more than focusing primarily on the local and national but that our voting choices have global consequences we don’t always consider. A “Right Christmas” means we truly become living examples of the Christmas Song:
          Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
          Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be.
          With God as our Creator, family all are, we.
          Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.
A “Right Christmas” means never underestimating the impact we, as individuals, can make in God’s kingdom; it means never believe that it can’t start with you; and it means to not ever think, “what difference can I make?” Then, and only then, will the proclamation, “peace on earth and goodwill to all” become more than a platitude. Moreover, if you claim to be a Christian, understand that there is the obligation to set the standard for civil behavior; for compassionate action; for humility; for love. Followers of the Christ should be the ones known for seeing each person as a brother or sister, for reaching out a hand of love and extending an extravagant welcome to all. This is a “Right Christmas”.
Praying a Blessed “Right Christmas” Season for everyone and that the Christ remains foremost in our hearts and minds.
Reverend Gale Jones, Executive Pastor

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