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December 11, 2017, 8:38 AM

-O Come Let us Casually Observe Him - Part 2

Part 1 can be found here. 

Christmas is a unique time. A majority of the world, whether they acknowledge it or not, are turned towards the coming of the Christ. Intermixed with the pop songs of the season are the traditional hymns declaring Jesus' arrival. No matter if someone demands you to say "Happy Holidays" as opposed to "Merry Christmas," there is at the very least a familiarity with the source of our joy this time of year. 

Which leads us to our big point in this two part blog: Just like with violence or sinfulness, we've become dulled to it all. We rush about to get our shopping completed and make sure everything is decorated just so and make sure all the snow-themed treats are baked. Christmas has become just as commercialized within Christianity as it has in our stores and malls. 

We casually observe the Messiah lying in his manger, wrapped in clean cloth, and wondering what that smell is. (Hint: its the ox and lamb). The heavenly host's message to the shepherds is treated as a chorus to a song we sing for about 4 weeks then shelve for another 11 months. Even those amazing tv shows we loved as kids are no longer a highlight because we can stream them whenever we want. (Seriously, do you remember waiting for the commercial that advertised when Rudolph and a Charlie Brown Christmas were going to air!?). 

We have begun to treat this season like a trip to the zoo. Casually observing creatures, that if allowed to, would wreak havoc in our lives if it were not for the moat and protective glass. 

Preachers are just as guilty, having become zoo keepers, those that curate the Messiah into easily digested viewing sessions. We answer questions and bring interesting facts to the table every week. And then end the casually observation at an appropriate time before stomachs start to growl noticeably. 

“O, Come let us Adore Him.” 

Adore. Worship. Dive into the Kingdom he established. Christmas is so vital to our faith and existence that we cannot overlook it. The manger is a vessel of immense power. The shepherds  are earthly examples of heralds akin to the messengers who sang Glory and Hallelujah in the skies that night. 

Adore Him.  Bring gifts worthy of a King. Bring everything we’ve got. 

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