Perspectives

Family Games

 

I do not often watch Family Feud with host Steve Harvey.  However, one day while flicking the channels, I caught the final, fast money round.  One of the questions was, What picture can be found on Christmas cards? (Not a quote!)  Think about it for a second.  What would you have said?  Several images come to mind: Angels, Christmas Tree, Toys, Santa Claus, Snowman, Stars, Bethlehem, Kings, Presents, Reindeer, Drummer Boy, etc.  Now, the answers that the contestants give are judged against the answers that 100 individuals had given previously.  So, the higher the score, the more people from the 100 individuals agreed. 

The first gentleman that was asked the question responded, “Jesus.” I said, “Good answer!  Of course!  It is Jesus’ birthday!” Guess what score the gentlemen received for his answer “Jesus”?  Two.  That is not a typo.  For the question, What picture can be found on Christmas cards? the answer of Jesus, the reason for the season, scored a two.  

 

I do not mind telling you I was incensed.  I yelled, “What?  A two?  It’s Jesus’ birthday?  He’s the main man on Dec. 25th.  See, that’s why…”  The rant continued for a few minutes.  When I calmed down, I realized that Jesus’ birth is not pushed as the reason for Christmas.  Times have changed, significantly.  Christmas is seen as the following, no matter when it's celebrated: gift giving and receiving, spend money, treat yourself, party or vacation time.  So, one really cannot get upset because 100 people do not realize Christmas has a deeper meaning.

(The other gentleman answered, “Family.”  I forgot the score for that answer.  However, it was still low.)

 

However, the situation bothered me.  I began to think back.  When I was a teen, my mother was chastising me for misbehaving. She punctuated her words by saying, “Now, you know that God does not want you acting that way.”  I asked exasperatedly, while rolling my eyes, “Oh, do we always have to put God in everything?”  My mother said, “Baby, you always want God in everything.  He is what keeps everything working.  You don’t want Him to leave you even for a second.”  Of course, I did not realize it at the time, but my mama’s words were and still are prophetically true.  Jesus is the reason for every season, not only Christmas.  He is the reason for celebrating every day.  God is our strength, peace, and wisdom. Jesus is Jehovah Jireh; He is our protector.  Exodus 20:5 (ESV) states, "You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, …”  Just remember: God is the creator of the universe, and we should give Him his dues and not play games with Him, or His son.

 

This is one perspective.  What’s yours?

BBB-P

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