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By Guest Editorial Tim Gray
Pastor, Goldendale Seventh-day Adventist Church 

Believe in the One who came as Lord of Lords

 

December 20, 2017

The question tumbled from three children all at the same time: "Pastor, do you believe in Santa Claus?" Their eyes sparkled with excitement and even a touch of mischief. What would my answer be? I thought of the movie Miracle on 34th Street, where the real world and the imaginary world of Santa Claus played out in the life of a kind-hearted, elderly gentleman with a white beard, and ultimately the words, "I Believe" showed up all over New York city.

Do I believe in Santa Claus? Do I believe the imaginary is actually real? No. But there is, even in the imagination, the ability to teach and experience powerful values that can enrich our lives. There is a part of Christmas that brings into our real world the joy of giving, thinking of others and investing our time and energy to bless someone else-yes, "I believe" in doing good.

There is a Person I believe in. I believe in the real, historical person of Jesus Christ, who is alive and active in the real world. He used both imagery and imagination to teach in parables, powerful lessons which have transformed my reality today.

I believe-which means I choose to put my faith in the evidence of a greater reality behind the story of angels announcing the birth of the Christ Child and of wise men following a star to find a newborn King. Yes, I know it is evidence not proof, but that is what faith is all about. I have found that faith (belief in the unseen) is not only good but is necessary to bring meaning into my chaotic, real world. It is my choice to believe in God, Who "so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Our real world is full of fear. Global hatred and terrorism combine with personal trauma (highlighted recently by "#MeToo") to crush the human spirit. But, through the story of Christmas, we glimpse a bigger reality, one of peace and goodness, coming from the heart of a loving God. I choose to believe in this evidence of love and kindness, of giving and joy. I choose to replace my "fear of what is coming on the earth" with faith in the promises of the One who came as the Christ Child. He promised "peace and goodwill toward men" and a Kingdom where there will be no more death, no more pain nor sorrow. In this Kingdom, He will rule as "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords!"

Yes, I believe. Do you?

 

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