Why Christmas Is So Screwed Up – Part 3
As, I’ve been saying in “Why Christmas Is So Screwed Up” – Part 1 & Part 2 – there’s something very, very wrong with us as a society and a people. There’s something very, very wrong with the way we celebrate Christmas. We succumb to this constant yearning for more and more and more. And if we would ever just wake up – we would notice that it leaves us empty. We Americans are shopping addicts & junkies – always looking for our next fix – we get our hit – we buy something – & we’re on a high for a little while. Then we start coming down off of that high – so we rush out & buy our next fix – and we feel really good for a little while – then we begin crashing again.
And we continue on this never ending empty cycle – until half of our life is gone – we’ve accumulated a mountain of debt – and we realize what a mess – and what a waste – our life has been up until this point. Listen – it is time for us to break free from the greed and materialism and consumerism that we are addicted to – and that is destroying our society.
It is time for us to show our kids the way – before it’s too late for them! It is time to stop – and it could begin this Christmas season with us. This Christmas we need to say NO to greed – materialism – & consumerism! We need to say NO to celebrating the birth of Jesus – by buying more stuff! We need to say NO to celebrating God’s love coming to earth in human form – by showering our kids and everyone we know with a ridiculous amount of material things – that they cannot begin to appreciate or be grateful for. We need to say NO to celebrating Christmas – with a month-long nonstop whirlwind of frenetic activity – which causes us to dread the holidays.
BTW: I am REALLY looking forward to our Christmas series which kicks off next Sunday December 2nd at Eagle Pointe called “The Christmas Blues – On a Mission from God”. We’re using the Blues Brothers to talk about what Christmas is really all about & how God has a mission for each of our lives that we are to be pursuing. (Also, check out our “Christmas Blues promo video here – It is too funny & good!)
You know – there’s just something “right” about this ! I doubt there’s a person who has been reading this series of blogs – who does not feel a little something deep down inside of them going – “Yeah!” “I don’t need another iPod to match my other iPod – I don’t need a bigger TV – I don’t need a 42nd pair of shoes – what I need is – more of God in my life!”
This Christmas season – when your family & neighbors & coworkers ask “What are you doing for Christmas?” – you can say – “Not going to the Mall – not going to Best Buy – avoiding Wal-Mart and Target like the plague!” And after they bounce back from going into shock – you can explain that – we’re going to Buy Less & Give More – in fact – Buy Less & Love More – we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!
We’re going to help a bunch of kids and families locally & in the Philippines & in Haiti – have the basic necessities that we Americans so take for granted. We’re going to meet real, practical, & tangible needs in Jesus’ name in places where the average FAMILY lives on less than $2 a day – where they have very little to eat – where they don’t have the immunizations to keep their kids from dying – where they live under a sheet or tarp – or in 1 room shacks with 8 – 12 people living in them. A place where pregnant mothers don’t have the nutrients they need & moms don’t have formula for their babies.
Our gifts this Christmas are going to “the least of these” – in name of Jesus.
I pray that this Christmas you will support our Serve the World: Christmas Offering & help us pull off all the local & global mission work God is leading Eagle Pointe Church to do in 2012. God bless you – & let’s try to do Christmas “right” this year! In addition to giving on Sunday mornings at Eagle Pointe – you can also give generously towards this effort by GIVING ONLINE. BTW: Here’s an info packet explaining in detail our “EPC – Serve The World Campaign – initial letter & FAQ“.
We are also encouraging our church family that if they feel the need to buy Christmas gifts – then let your Christmas Gifts be “on a mission for God”. We are offering “Serve the World Gift Certificates” that can be given as gifts & let people know that rather than get them a gift they probably don’t need – that a certain amount had been given to those less fortunate in their name.
As well, on Jan. 21 we are doing a BIG Benefit Concert (follow the link to buy tickets online). This concert is to raise money to buy land & build an orphanage in Haiti. We are encouraging people to buy tickets for others as Christmas gifts. This way they are giving a great gift of tickets to an amazing concert & helping build an orphanage in Haiti at the same time. (Check out our PROMO VIDEO for this event – it’s pretty awesome!)
***NOTE: Be sure to check out the above & below videos of our mission work in Haiti & the Philippines.
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