Glitz and Glitter
We were at one of the mandatory Christmas Parties last night.
The wife of a good friend was complaining that they had no lights. No Christmas tree. The house was plain.
"Because the kids are all gone?" we queried.
"No. As you know, we came back from the Holy Land a month ago. Everywhere Jesus went, everywhere something happened in the Gospel account, they have put up enormous Cathedrals over there. It was SO over the top."
"Bethlehem was depressing. It is incredibly dirty. They had put up this huge cathedral hundreds of years ago. Now the Muslims have taken the area over and are blaring their propaganda directly at the Cathedral. It was a bizarre and unsettling experience."
"So, no lights and Christmas tree for me this Christmas."
As I reflected on our conversation, I realized we have no Muslims blaring ant Christian messages at a high volume over a loud speaker.
But the glitz and glitter, and the materialism in our culture accomplishes the same thing. It overpowers and drowns out what God did for the world so long ago.
11. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Just a baby lying in a manager...