(Please allow this quick disclaimer: I’ve had to resist the urge to blog extensively on the continuing war on Christmas. It is perplexing to me, as I cannot even believe in it’s a sore subject among so many Christians. Worry not, I have no interest in ranting about that here, other than quickly throwing out there that forcing someone to celebrate your religious holiday is illogical if they are not of that religion – not to mention all those commands for us to love, and to calm down on judging.)
I have to say that 26 years into life, a life where I’ve always been in church, I’m still not totally clear on what exactly is the kingdom of God. As a kid I just assumed that was a fancy term for heaven in the afterlife, and though I’d say its far more than that now, I’d still be hard pressed to define it.
In spite of my inability to define the kingdom of God, I will say that for two or three days the Kingdom seems to be here on earth. It seems to be inside of more than just the most devout Christians. People joyful, giving one another gifts, gathering together – it really is a beautiful thing. Sins against one another are forgiven, people reconcile and drop differences – these are the things of the kingdom.
So we can complain all we want about Christmas, about the consumerism, about the busyness, but for a few days the Kingdom seems just a little bit closer. And I don’t mind that at all.
Some may complain that we are forgetting the reason for the season, that we are losing sight of worshiping Jesus in these times. I hear that, though as I pointed out recently, Jesus wasn’t terribly concerned about being worshipped properly. He seemed more concerned with there being peace among men, and grace given to one another. So maybe how we do it isn’t so bad after all. Remember, a more selfless being has not graced this earth, meaning being exalted could take a back seat to the love and the joy of the kingdom abounding around us.
I know that’s not the most pious stance to take, and you look a lot more Christian when you staunchly defend Jesus’ day in the sun, but I’ll take it nonetheless.