Monday, December 5, 2016

Pollution or Solution

In the dictionary the definition of pollution is "the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects."  I see it often both at Christmas or at other times of the year.  The person who watches children singing their hearts out to God and finds something wrong to complain about. The always-negative approach to life that doesn't just see the glass half empty ...because the polluter wants to empty everyone's glass along with their glass.  Haggai said that the Israel of his time was like this as they were never satisfied because they had pockets full of holes.  But Isaiah had something positive to say in the midst of some dire prophecies.

Isaiah reminds the people of Israel that in the midst of the world's pollution there is a God who is working, creating, making new things ... and one of those things is us.  "Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating, for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy and its people as a delight (Isaiah 65:18)." 

Let me "what if" for a moment.  What if God is honored when, in the midst of the darkness of this world, His people become the light of the world?  What if God meant what He said when He, through Paul's writing, said, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-25)?"  What if God's creating is a process that transcends the pollution of this world to show us the light of Christ?  What if God's people chose to never become pollution (that thing that has harmful or poisonous effects on our environment)?  What if we embrace and really mean those Christmas songs we will be singing when we say things like "all is calm, all is bright," "in the darkness shineth an everlasting light" or "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"  What if?  Randy

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