The Christmas story is a perfect way to introduce the ideas of Christian Worldview. This simple approach is pretty easily understood even by children and those who are unfamiliar with the finer details of Christian faith.
Christmas is a season of giving and receiving, and is universally a season of good will. We feel good about this time of year – the decorations, the holiday parties, and the joy we see on faces.
But even in the midst of this joy, we know there is sorrow and conflict. We know there is pain and suffering. We might ask, “Why is this such a season of hope and good things, yet there still remain problems in the world?”
That’s a good question, and one that we could use to start conversations. Those we talk with might answer by saying that “selfishness” is the cause of the problems. Others might suggest “greed,” while others might say “physical suffering” is the culprit. And these answers are all true, but only as symptoms of the real human problem.
The real problem is sin – inhabiting the entire human race because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam. The joy and gladness of this season are hints of what God meant for our lives to be (read Genesis 1 & 2), but this was distorted by sin which causes all sorts of internal and external problems – both personal and social (read Genesis 3).
It is into this mess of a distorted and broken creation that God introduces a tiny Baby. Born to a woman who was engaged, but not yet married. Born into the waiting luxury of a feeding trough found in a barn. Born as fully human, yet also fully God. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, comes to dwell with men “full of grace and truth” (read John 1).
He has come for us. He has come to draw us back to God through faith. He has come to restore the brokenness in our world: our broken relationship with God. Our broken inner person. Our broken marriages. Our broken bodies. Our broken culture and society.
He still comes for us during this Season of Christmas. It is no mistake that there is great hope and joy attached to our celebrations. He is our Hope. He is our Joy. He is there for any who would call upon His Name!
Share His story with those you are with this holiday season. What better gift have we received, and what better gift can we give?
(Original written for the December 2009 Newsletter of the One in the Son chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, Grand Rapids, MI)
Posted on December 9, 2013, in Christian Worldview, Conversation, theology and tagged creation, fall, Mark Sooy, redemption, theology, worldview, WorshipThink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.