It’s that time of year for us to realize how far societies tend to veer from the true essence of things. We live in a desperately superficial culture that is too often satisfied with veneers. If it’s shiny and new and untouched by real life, it strangely gives us the false assurance that it will last forever.
Anyone can package up junk and put a nice shimmery bow on it and pass it off as the got-to-have-it-or-you’ll-die item of the season. Even when what’s inside is genuine and something we truly need, too many are content with the outer misleading packaging.
In a selfie-obsessed, soundbite-fed, hashtag-driven world we are fixated with mere reflections and obvious distortions. Holidays have become exactly that. Are we okay with the reality that most of them have devolved into conduits for filling real or virtual store shelves with junk we don’t need and meanings divorced from their original intent? I’m not going to blame capitalism. No one is forcing us to spend our money on emptiness.
Many of America’s churches, sadly, lead in the superficialization of the most sacred of holidays by delivering an enticingly packaged Christ, all year round, who might as well be Santa. He’s been so stripped of the true nature of who He is—love, mercy, grace, righteousness, righteous anger, compassion, intolerance (of sin), forgiveness—that he’s become a caricature. Is it any wonder so many children put equal value in Christ and Claus? Interestingly, it’s okay for Santa to be judgmental as he decides who has been naughty or nice. But today’s westernized Jesus is someone who not only accepts everyone as they are, He’s perfectly fine with them intentionally remaining as they are, sinful behaviors and all.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Bomberger