Every year I get excited about Christmas and what it means for the world. Christians around the globe celebrate salvation and the birth of our Savior who came into the world to die on the cross for our sins. I always share with our student ministry that Easter and Christmas go together. We celebrate the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Depending on what poll you read this week somewhere around 65-70% of Americans claim Christianity. Others may hold to other religions or no religious affiliation. Yes, the number of Christians has decreased in America over the last decade or more, but I want to focus more on Christmas for today’s blog. While the number has dropped for Christians in America, I have noticed that the attitude or mindset of Christmas has changed in America over the last 33 years I have been alive.
I wonder if you polled the students within your ministry how they would rate their Christmas. From a score of 1-10, with one being poor and ten being amazing, I am curious what the score would look like in each ministry. The heart of Christmas seems to fade away every year, and the score of our Christmas comes from the quantity and quality of the gifts we receive.
This year though I sat back and waited to post this blog a few days later because I wanted to ponder some of my thoughts on “Where is Christmas?” Today’s blog may not seem like a typical student ministry blog, but I have noticed more this year than previous years how the meaning of Christmas has faded away in America.
I spent Christmas with my wife in Durham, North Carolina waiting for the birth of our first child. One thing my wife and I noticed around us was how Jesus was left out of Christmas in different places we visited.
I want to challenge you to take a stand as a church or ministry to make sure that over the Christmas season and throughout the year that we have an attitude of more of Christ within our life. When we put Jesus in the center of Christmas, our ministry, and our life, then our perspective of life and the Christmas season changes forever.
Let 2018 be a year that we cry out to God we want more:
- Jesus within our life
- having an attitude of Christ with others
- opportunities to tell others about Jesus
- salvation moments within our ministries
- life changing moments within our church
Jesus thank you for coming into this world and dying on the cross for the sins of the world.
Dr. Scott Talley
Scott founded The Unwritten Pages in the summer of 2017. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor of Students at Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Durham, NC. Scott has been ministering to students for over 14+ years where he has had the privilege of sharing the gospel with students while helping them become Men and Women of God. Scott created The Unwritten Pages to help minister to Pastors, Youth Pastors, and Youth Workers. Scott is an experienced and energetic teacher/preacher of the Bible and enjoys sharing the gospel with everyone.