I’ve recently found myself being politically correct and falling into the trap of saying “Happy Holidays.” As I interface with an increasingly polarized world where those who love Jesus Christ are seen as radicals, I hesitate to reveal my allegiance to Christ. The Apostle Peter had a similar problem, so if you also struggle at times, take comfort—you are not alone. It is easy to admit we’re Christ followers when we are in the midst of sisters and brothers in Christ. It may cause some discomfort to talk freely about this when we are around those that are strongly opposed to the Gospel of Christ.
Of course, the slight persecution I feel at times is nothing compared to that of the early church. As I write this blog, I know it for a Christ-following audience. With complete abandon, may I wish you a very Merry Christmas! May we also summon the courage and reckless abandon as we wish those who do not believe in Christ the same.
We are blessed to be able to say that openly and freely without getting stoned to death or experiencing threats on our life. We don’t lose our jobs over it, nor have any serious consequences. Let’s embrace being uncomfortable this Christmas and freely wish others a Merry Christmas, even if it costs us somewhat socially or politically.
May each of you have a blessed and holy time with your loved ones, and may Christ continue to bless you with His bountiful love, goodness, and grace. May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts, and that of your family, and may you have a time of refreshment and renewal as you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
As ministry and marketplace leaders, you have led through a difficult year. 2023 was not easy. May you have time to relax for a little bit, recharge your batteries, and come into 2024 rested and strong. I pray that Father God will continue to shower His love on us, Christ will continue to reveal to us His will, and the Holy Spirit continue to guide us in carrying it out.
May the blessings of Christ be more abundant than ever in our lives. Amen.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
December 22, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.