The Pastor’s Pen: December 29, 2019

The season of Advent, the time when we commemorate the coming of Christ, has ended. It is now the season of Christmas. The light we had expectantly waited for is now here. “Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her king!” Even though at Christmas we acknowledge that the baby born in a manger is the light of the world, the shadows all around are just as unyielding as ever. The impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, though warranted per the two Articles of Impeachment, cast an even darker cloud on the current Administration and our democracy. Yet, the light of impeachment, with removal, is imperative to preserve our democracy. Christmas has come as it has for 2,019 years, yet, the darkness remains in our health care system—citizens cannot be guaranteed affordable health care, drugs run unchecked in our streets, communities remain unsafe, and the systematic oppression of classism, the increasing pervasion of racism and ethnic hatred are more acute than at almost any time in our history. In spite of the birth of our Lord, the shades of evil are thicker and more impenetrable than ever because we have not done our part as the church of the living God. We have been instructed by our Savior in Matthew 5:16 to “Let [our] light so shine before men…” 

All too often, shining our light is just a dim talking point that many cannot see or take seriously. We can shine our light by bringing Jesus’ life-giving messages to every sphere of our lives. Shining the light in the educational arena means promoting fair wages or classroom instructors, aids, and administrators. Transforming classrooms into modern, state-of-the-art learning spaces would be wonderful, but totally committed teachers who are enthusiastic about their calling, would also make for enlightened education for all. We can bring light to our volunteer services to spark change and improve the world. Rather than throw up our hands and yield to the belief that things will never get better, we can establish relationships with our police and other local officials to work to see law enforcement personnel and citizens as two sides of the same coin. We can bring light to our world by simply smiling and being friendly with everyone we meet. In the words of Perry Como, “If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be!” As the hymn-writer penned, “Let others see Jesus in you”, by so doing, you will “…lead the lost to life and light.”