Prepare Him Room

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As a follower of Jesus you are an outsider, I’ve explored this territory in the past.

This Christmas our outsider status should be as obvious as light when it pierces darkness.

We are told that Hollywood is opting for cynicism and a dash of sexual promiscuity at Christmas. There are a lot of fights to bring back Santa. And a big story of a leading atheist Anthony Flew, who once debated by C.S. Lewis, turning to belief in the existence in God has been met with the typical Darwinian determinism. And then there is the busy-ness of the season, which may contribute to the widespread depression often associated with the season.

It strikes me that as carriers of the “one true myth’s themes,” Christmas Carols offer a much needed tonic.

In place of busy-ness let me offer a “Silent Night;” quiet conversation over coffee or a meal with family and friends, free from clatter and noise, distanced from the horde of shoppers, mall traffic and near-fender-benders in crowded parking lots.

In place of jaded naturalism let me suggest “The Star of Wonder,” a product not of accident but of design, just as human life is precious, unique and crafted by God. New Zealand geneticist Michael Denton describes the wonder of human life this way, “each cell “is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms.” Adds Jonathon Witt, The odds of a primordial soup randomly burping up even one protein strand of moderate length are dramatically less than one chance in 10{+1}{+5}{+0}.

Where consumeristic cynicism reigns, why not celebrate “Joy to the World,” where a fake laugh track or superficial giddiness is replaced by deep joy, irrepressibly rising from your soul into daily life, sourced by springs of living water, sustained by the bread of life?

And the tawdry exploitation of sex? Remember “Oh Holy Night,” when Christ was born and our animal instincts were placed in the context of a pure, tarnished and redeemable spirit. God so loved the world He sent his Son not to condemn the world but to save us from our dark side, restoring the purity of every aspect of life including our sexuality.

For those trying to secure room for Santa, or even Jesus, in the public square? Far more important is the admonition that we “Prepare Him Room” in our hearts. The joy, wonder and holiness we seek cannot be produced through court injunctions, spiritual songs returned into the classrooms or manger scenes on government property. It is in our hearts that serious business is done, for only the human soul is the carrier of the Holy Spirit of Christ, available to indwell any who believe and prepare Him room. Let every heart prepare Him room.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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