The TV ads and shopping season seem to start earlier every year! We are bombarded with Santa and suggestions of what everyone wants and needs for Christmas.

We also hear of many heartwrenching stories of those in need, and how our dollars can help. Don’t forget the poor, hungry, sick, homeless, and neglected pets. 

It’s the Holiday Season! Give, get, and be politically correct.

Yes, giving to the poor, hungry, sick, homeless, and neglected pets is truly worthy. Yes, you will feel good at the moment, but is it really the meaning of Christmas as the commercials suggest? 

Will being politically correct bring peace on earth and joy to the world? 

How many commercials have you seen regarding the Savior’s birth? Have you been bombarded with messages of Christmas services this week?

We know the answers! Our faith is challenged daily as the world changes. Today, following God’s law is considered intolerant and unchristian for not accepting all people as they are.

This year many people close to me are suffering with heartache and loss. How wonderful that they know the promise of the Lord, fulfilled with the birth of his son, Jesus. This is the comfort we have in difficult times. This is the meaning of Christmas. We are saved through faith.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

‘Tis the season, the CHRISTmas season. As the opportunities arise, take a few minutes to share the true meaning of Christmas with those whose faith may be weak and those hurting and doubting. Invite them to worship with you, tell them about the baby born in Bethlehem, lead them to the devotions on our Web site, or point them to the WELS Web site. 

This may not be politically correct, but Christmas is about giving – God giving us the greatest gift of all, and it is about getting – salvation through Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!