I'm convinced that Jesus has no time for decorum and protocol. His entire history underscores that He is the Master of the Unusual, Unconventional and Unexpected! Don't count on Jesus to play by the rules other than the ones He decides on! Here's a case in point....
A few weeks ago, I attended a Christmas 'Light Up' event. For the most part, everything was as it always is. A gracious host, several speakers bringing greetings, 2 choirs and then the big countdown to the moment the lights came on.
I enjoyed the speeches, even the inclusive one that reminded the children and adults in attendance that 'there are many celebrations' during this time of year. (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others). The message was that we should be respectful of other celebrations. I don't disagree at all. The same freedom that gives me the privilege of celebrating Christmas full on, is also freely extended to my Jewish friends who celebrate Hanukkah and those who celebrate Kwanzaa and the many other celebrations that coincide late in the year. The reminder ended with 'Happy Holidays' and then things got interesting...
It was announced that the choir would sing 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' and that it would be a sing-along number. My intended subtle smile at the irony of the moment turned into a full blown grin bordering on suppressed belly laugh as I listened to several hundred people led by an amplified choir joyfully singing 'Go Tell It On The Mountain That Jesus Christ is Born!' My favorite was the man several rows in front of me who was full on singing, head back, and arms waving as he sang the verses and chorus never missing a beat!
I LOVE this stuff!!!
I'm tired of the church fussing about red coffee cups, the never ending stream of 'share' if you believe that 'Jesus is the Reason For the Season' or 'Keep Christ in Christmas' because I have come to the conclusion that Jesus doesn't need our help to take centre stage! He takes it when He pleases and how He pleases! He breaks the rules to suit His purposes!
While we might share the timing with other faiths and groups, this is the season we remember that God became flesh, that God was born of a virgin and that God interrupted regularly scheduled programming for His own special event. This is a season of miracles and surprises. Expect Him to surprise you this season!
Have a great Christmas!