Once again this year we will celebrate the commemoration of the birth of our Savior as we have done for the last couple of years. We will be sitting down around a table with friends in Haiti. All of the sailors in the harbor here in Ile A Vache will come with a dish. We will all sit around a table I built for my friend Felix, the Haitian proprietor of World Treasure Hotel. Our Sou Let pastor will join us. We will fellowship, get to know new friends, laugh with old ones. This time there will be French, Canadian, German, Hatian, American, Dutch all sharing and enjoying a meal together. We will NOT be shooting and punching people in a mall parking lot over a flat screen TV. Our Savior came into humble surroundings to a place where hardly anyone else would want to go. That describes much of Haiti. So we are just gonna keep it simple with a potluck meal and some good fellowship.
If you are going to mark this season with the remeberance of the incarnation of the Messiah, why not keep it simple? Why not connect with those around you in meaningful ways that would deepen relationships and open of avenues of Gospel dialogue? Why not forgoe the commercial idolatry and greed that only masks what we are attempting to remember? Or you could spend your time arguing about what's Pagan and what's not and connect with absolutely nobody and miss another opportunity to be impactful instead of just trying to be "right."
Just a thought...