CHRISTMAS – THE SEASON FOR THE REASON OF HOPE
The elections are over and we are heading into a new year with the uncertainty of what a new government will bring. But no matter what has happened, who was elected, and our concern as to what the future holds, we are now in a season that we must be thankful and grateful for – that is Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This season reminds us that there is a pregnant future, with the expectation that God is going to intervene, intercede and reconcile. So we should not let the uncertainty of the moment disengage the expectation of the light and the life that is in Christ, because God is still functioning even under circumstances we may not fully understand.
God is doing more than the rational and so we cannot take the past few months of our political dispensation to negatively rationalize what we deem to be the future of our collective experience as a nation and a people. Though we may walk through dark valleys, we should not be baptized into a state of materialism, idolatry or false patriotism because the experience of what God has done through the birth of Christ, and what He continues to do since His resurrection, is greater than any one moment in time of our history.
Therefore, this season of the advent of the birth of Christ should interject an era of hope to know that God’s promise is still being kept in Jesus Christ despite our current uncertainty.
So then, as we go through this season of hope let us also be prepared to walk with, and work with Christ so that our hope is fortified in our faith, and our faith is reflected in our work.
In this light, we need not only celebrate with songs of praise, but also with songs that reflect the prophetic lyrics of the past that heralded the liberating power of God, when celebrating the birth of Jesus.
This is the celebration we are to have this CHRISTMAS and in it give God all the PRAISE!