Today I have been taking a more seasonal musing, as the classic radio station has been taken over by almost entirely carols. It is part of the season, that people who never in the rest of the year give a single thought to things spiritual, in the Christmas season, turn to carols.
I am not saying this is a bad thing, as any acknowledgement of God’s presence in this world is good, and it is the place where contact with God becomes possible. It is more of a call on us who profess a faith in God to pick up the challenge.
In Acts 17, Paul used the opportunity of people’s limited understanding of the divine, as a starting place to show them a clearer vision and way to God:
“22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge [c]the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
Are we up to the challenge? Can we take the world from Jingle Bells to Away in a Manger, to at last have them truly understand and appreciate “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”?