So many of my dear brothers and sisters in Christ are easily offended when someone says “Happy Holidays” or uses a simple red cup to mark the season. These things used to bother me as well- I felt like someone was trying to shove the meaning of my Savior’s birth aside. Like they were trying to stifle the reason for the season. And then one day it dawned on me…and I’m sorry to say the best example I can give has to do with football!
The best defense is always a good offense.
What does that mean?
No one can touch the joy, TRUE joy that faith in Christ brings. Faith in Christ means that I know I am made perfectly sinless in the sight of my Heavenly Father because I believe that Christ’s death on the cross paid for every sin…past, present, and future. I have no condemnation or fear of judgement from the Almighty. I have a Heavenly Father that protects, provides, and unconditionally loves me. Having all these things known in my heart means that my joy is unfathomable. Nothing can touch it. Nothing can beat it. No one can steal it. Unless I allow them to by my shallow understanding or mitigating circumstances. And that, my friends, is how we win over the world.
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You see, the world’s fleeting happiness or circumstantial satiation fades quickly, and only hungers for material answers to spiritual aches. We, as the light of the world, with the Spirit of Christ in us who SO LOVED THE WORLD, should be able to bring the lost sheep into the fold with our love, hope, and joy quite easily. We have the answers to their questions. We have the hope they are so desperately seeking. We have the Savior working within us if we will just let go of the things we let offend us, stop playing “defense” all the time, and play on the offense side. Charge the field with our cheer, hope, and grace. Overcome our enemies with love. When they see that true JOY in us, they can’t help but ask what the reason is for our peace of mind amidst such turbulence and terror.
Brothers and sisters, we have the hope. His name is Jesus. We have the joy. His name is Emanuel. We have the love. He paid for it at the cross. Let’s not be on the defensive all the time about our faith. Let’s use our strongest offense– love, joy, and peace…and charge the field!