On behalf of my family, I would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! We are privileged to have a church family like you, and are looking forward to what God has in store for us this coming year! As we enter the service today, I want to challenge us about the subject of TRUTH!
Contrary to popular opinion, truth is not relative. That is, truth is not truth because you or I believe it. Truth does not cease to be truth because one person holds to its authenticity and another does not. Truth is truth REGARDLESS! Though our society demands “TRUTH and JUSTICE,” we really want neither.
As a Christian, we believe that the Bible, God’s Holy Word, is truth! Without this road map of life, we would lose our way along life’s treacherous and slippery road. The Bible is full of axioms, or principles, that we should build our lives around. For example, not only do we believe the Bible concerning its truths about Heaven, but we also believe what it says concerning Hell! The Bible should the sole basis for our faith AND practice.
During this Christmas Season, much objection has been raised about how people have changed their tradition Christmas greeting from, “Merry Christmas!” to “Happy Holiday!” Folks are upset because our Christmas Tree is now referred to as a Holiday Tree. I am not certain the basis for raising these objections, for many, are due to the fear that our society will lose sight of the TRUTH about Christmas or if it is just because of change in general.
These yearly arguments over greetings and descriptive names definitely mean a lot to each of us, but how about the countless other things that we should be guarding and protecting with our lives? We should be concerned about how we read as a LIVING TRANSLATION of God’s Word! How we daily respond to the truths in God’s Word has a direct impact us and our testimony.