2015-12-22 - Lifesavers
During a recent vacation, we had a scary moment with our dog Shiloh. Even though she's six years old, every now and then she reverts briefly into a puppy, "chewing" stage. We try to anticipate everything she might get into, and we do pretty well. But we had overlooked something. My iPhone® was charging. I normally keep all my sounds off. This habit is borne of the necessity of a silent phone in court and church. So I was surprised when my phone suddenly started beeping. My literally smart phone was telling me that the charge was no longer working, and that it was losing power. The alarm overrode the "do not disturb," "Mute" and "no tone" settings," to give me that important message. In so doing, the phone saved Shiloh's life, for she was chewing through the adapter cord! The phone was a lifesaver for our beloved Shiloh, for she would have continued chewing until she was electrocuted, and I couldn't see her under the table next to me; I thought she was resting.
To me, this was an apt analogy of Christ's relationship with us, which is especially on our minds at this time of year, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. He is our Lifesaver. He overrode our sinfulness, to save our lives for eternity.
Romans 5:7-11 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
So as we celebrate Christmas this year, let's keep our focus on, to use an over-quoted phrase, "the reason for the season."
Side note, speaking of over-quoted: You won't offend me if you wish me "Happy Holidays," for several reasons. There is no doubt that "political correctness" has run amuck, but the joke is on the "PC police" on this one. I looked up the etymology and as I suspected, "holiday" comes from the Old English words, holy day. Also I don't remember people being upset when they heard Andy Williams' beautiful song Happy Holidays back in the 1960s. It's still one of my favorites. It was first sung in a Bing Crosby movie in 1942, and that's actually when and how the phrase "Happy Holiday" really took root in the US, long before non-believers became so easily offended. The political correctness movement just borrowed it. My personal take on all this, is that they can only upset us with these words, if we let them. They can only offend us, if we take the words personally and offensively, and then the only people being hurt are the ones who are "offended." I'm wouldn't give the political correctness crusaders the power to do that to me! I'm not at all offended by the phrase. It just makes me think of Andy. : )
Joyeux Noel, everyone.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.