I can’t believe it, but it is already December. The lights are up and the tree is decorated. Christmas time is almost here (18 shopping days left by the way…). I am glad for this time of year. For many, Christmas time brings about openness to religion that is not always present. As Christians, we know that there is no religious significance to Christmas and we are not to treat any holiday as a religious observance. However, most people in America put Christ in Christmas and, therefore, are more open to discussion during this time of year.
How can we benefit from these feelings of religiousness? My favorite is by creating questions. As you study the account of the birth of Jesus, it becomes abundantly clear that most things we associate with His birth are incorrect. It wasn’t in December. There were no wise men (and we don’t know how many there were anyway). The wise men came months or a year later. There was no inn and He wasn’t born out in a barn somewhere. All of these things make for great conversation. The best part is, they all lead back to the Bible. Human tradition has created all this “stuff” around the birth of Jesus. The only way to prove what really happened is to look it up in the Bible. If we can find out the truth about these things, I wonder what else we could find in scripture?
Christians can always find folks who are willing to talk about Jesus, especially around this time of year. While many celebrate His birth this month, we can talk about how important it is to celebrate it every day, in every month. This can lead to discussions of what He did to save us from our sins. All these discussions can and should lead back to an examination of the scriptures.
Another great way to talk to others about Christ and His Church is through comparison. As mentioned above, we don’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. What that means is while we buy presents and decorate at home, you won’t find any Christmas trees, nativity scenes at the building, or any plays or pageants being conducted. This is a great way to start a conversation about the uniqueness of the Church. Many will talk about “bringing glad tidings of good things” this time of year. Talk to folks and compare what they do, with what you do, and what the Bible teaches. How often do they attend worship, evangelize, do benevolence, study their Bible? You can discuss how the Bible deals with these topics, as well as, how you try to apply these Bible teachings in your life. The goal is not to impress them with how Holy you are but to impress upon them the teachings of God.
Let us always remember that it is our job to ‘bring glad tidings of good things’ to all men everywhere all the time. We need to talk about Christ and His Church at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Everyday we live, we need to be about our Father’s business!