2015 Christmas Season, but where is the merry or happy?
A Dark Christmas Season in 2015
Merry Christmas to all, but what does that mean these days? I have noticed less outdoor lights, less shoppers, less smiles, and more violence this season. Gun control is not the issue, people are using all forms of items to hurt others, even a hammer. People want to hurt and continue to hurt, but why? Why such a quest to hurt? It shows plainly, if guns left the picture, people will still hurt because they want to hurt. They will find a way to hurt.
Back to Christmas, why say merry? Does this season remind you of a merry time? Stress seems to be prevalent, and the added concern of safety. Why say merry? Instead, use: Have a Safe Christmas." Happy Holiday's, really????? They tell us unemployment is down, but not much shopping this year. Another sad thought is maybe people do not see the need to buy gifts for others because those gifts are not for them. I see selfishness on the rise too. Plus, with the added “feelings hurt” mode these days, it is hard to say or do anything without someone taking offense. That could also be the reason why there is less Merry in the Christmas, we do not want to offend anyone. Then, Happy New Years, is 2016 going to be that happy?
What do we do? Continue to say Merry Christmas and not mean it, or just say nothing? Should the holiday itself go away? Are too many people so concerned with just themselves, they do not see the need to have a holiday that emphasizes others and giving?
Let us look at the selfish aspect. This is not a surprise at all. II Timothy 3:1-4 states, “1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come, For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Sound familiar? Seems like this mentality is here now.
The good news in this is that Paul tells Timothy that these times will be the last days. Last days of what you ask? The last days before the coming of Christ. The other question should be, are you ready for the coming of Christ, or if you were to die today or tomorrow, do you know if you would go to heaven? Not a percent of hope for heaven, but an all the way hope that you will be there if you die. That is possible. Paul (with his friend Silas) talks to a jailer, who asked what must he do to become saved? Acts 16:31 states, “And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” The whole story is found in Acts 16:25-40. Read it.
Maybe there is still some Merry in that Christmas, but you need to accept it. Will you accept the free gift of salvation? There is no visual timer, so just before it hits zero you accept Christ. Do you want to risk that?