While social media has much good to offer us, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. St. Paul said, “Let your moderation be known to all people. The Lord is at hand.” [Philippians 4:5] The wisest man who ever lived wrote, “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” [Proverbs 25:28] Nowhere is a lack of moderation more dangerous than social media gluttony.
For millennia, those who follow Jesus have been a voice for the pre-born. Since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, they have not only raised concerns and advocated for new laws, but they have also built pregnancy centers and family support systems. In our efforts to fight for vulnerable children, we must continue to follow the broader call of Scripture — namely, to care for all children, pre-born and already-born.
I am not an expert on the afterlife, but I am a student, not only because I am a Christian and a pastor, but also because my son, Christopher, died in 2008. I have thought deeply about what happens when we leave this life and enter the next one. Here is what has brought endless comfort to me: There is a Heaven, and Jesus has made a way for us all to go there.
This year, as we recognize the need for a savior for our world that is rife with hardship, let us raise our voices in faith. Jesus, the son of God and born to Mary, now lives in the hearts of hundreds of millions of people. Let us pray for the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the poor and needy in our world. And let us rejoice that Jesus has come for them. Our Deliverer, our “God with us,” will also be with them.
Because of the birth of Christ, his sacrifice on the cross and his bodily resurrection, we can seek the Lord under the guidance of the Holy Spirit: thinking, praying and meditating on his Word- The Bible to us. Wise men and women still seek Jesus every day. This Christmas, allow your life to be transformed by encountering and worshiping the Savior who came and changed the world.