Saturday, 20 December 2014

Every Year, We Are Moving Closer to the Real Christmas

It's that time of the year again. Glitz, glamour, shopping, sweets, Santa, trees, and family. And in the backdrop of all this we have communion and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another popular Christmas tradition is the re-enactment of the Nativity, something that I have actively engaged in with my friends over the years. 

But now we have the whole 'Keeping Christ in Christmas' movement. The obvious meaning of this slogan is that we should downplay things like the Christmas tree and Santa Claus (due to their non-Biblical and 'pagan' origins).

Also, in a surprising turn of events, some churches in Pakistan have decided not to celebrate Christmas at all, in honour of the children that died in the recent terror attacks, what is now being rightly called the 9/11 of Pakistan.

Both these causes are to be respected. The first one seeks to remove the glamour and commercialism from the event so that we can focus on the essence of Christmas. The second one will prove to be a great at of solidarity and will send strong signals of peace. 

However, what is being missed entirely is how close the events that we face today in Pakistan are to the very first Christmas.

2 years ago, I wrote a blog post on dead children. When we read the New testament, we see innocent children were massacred by a tyrant, and yet during the same time, God revealed himself (according to our faith) in the most complete and thorough manner. The Word became flesh.

That is why I say, that with each passing year, we are moving closer and closer to the real Christmas. 

The real Christmas involves a woman that was scandalized for bearing a child. Women in Pakistan and the world at large continue to face the same scorn even in the 21st century.  

Millions of women today are also giving birth without proper medication, nutrition, and sanitation, the very same conditions in which Christ was born of Mary.

That is why I believe that the Bible is a living text. It speaks to people in their everyday conditions to prove the point that God empathizes with those who suffer.

But more than that, the very fact that whom we call the Saviour of Mankind was born in these circumstances is enough for us to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that God is still actively pursuing His glorious plan for humanity.

As Christians, we don't have to create a false sense of hope as we try to make sense of what is going around us. Thank you Jesus!

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