“Ebenezer”

A response to “Atheists trash Christmas…..again!” by Mitur Binesderti (https://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/atheists-trash-christmas%e2%80%a6again/#comments) caused me to reflect on why so much antagonism over Christmas! 

Well, over Christmas break our family watched the 1984 “A Christmas Carol”  starring George C. Scott. Briefly, is s a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night. If the experience doesn’t change Scrooge’s ways, he will end up walking the Earth forever being nothing but invisible and lonely, like his friend Jacob Marley. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/moneychanger who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love, and the Christmas season. 

Personally I observe that Christmas, while festively joyous, for some is often the most depressing time of year. Perhaps this is due to excess expenditures and the general stress associated with a host of things to accomplish within a narrow window of time. Yet I believe that the real problem lies within the recognition of the true Savior of a season where much of the world and even creation itself rejoices in the birth of Jesus Christ. A Christmas Carol helped remind me of where to focus my priorities during this season but also provided clarification as to why self-described atheists line Mitur are so embittered towards Christians. He and they must be loved unconditionally. For if we continue to love others as Christ loved the church, then the Ebenezer Scrooge’s of the world will be so overwhelmed with the light of Christ shining in their direction that the darkness will loose all appeal and power.  

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12, NIV)

Jim Richardson

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