At Christmas we see plenty of glitter. Our Christmas tree, for one. And it’s fun. I love gawking at all the lit-up yards, have always been attracted to sparkly things. Glitter is man-made, and it fades sooner or later.
Glory is another thing. It’s God-made. This word applies to sunsets, sunrises, mountain grandeur, visions of God and angels, and the inspired songs that celebrate these things, such as Handel’s Messiah! These are real things which last.
How much of our Christmas celebration focuses on glitter, and how much on glory? Ours has both, but it’s the glory part that I crave. I so long to be totally overwhelmed by the glory and wonder of the lasting truth of Christmas: the Incarnation!
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
How controversial can a Christmas tree be? There are a few Christians who reject them because of their “pagan origin.” But on the other hand, Christmas trees have lately become controversial to unbelievers. How ironic.
We see in the headlines that Christmas trees have to be called something else, because even the mention of “Christmas” in unacceptable in public.
Now Korea is another story. Did you read about the three huge towering “Christmas trees” that South Korea has lighted near the border with their northern neighbors? This has totally infuriated that northern neighbor. Why? Does the Christmas tree mean something that they want to keep out of their dark county? One might conclude that the tree is not seen as a mere decoration but is, in fact, associated with the message of Christ, shining with light and hope. I pray that the message of Christmas gets through—there and everywhere.
Maybe a Christmas tree can be a witness, after all.