Conflicts at Christmas. By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Conflicts At Christmas

Christmas – that time of the year when the courtrooms are once again filled with the not-so-merry sounds of lawyers arguing about rather nativity scenes violate someone’s civil rights or whether Christmas carols can be sung at a school concert.

If we aren’t careful, all the litigation that seems to accompany Christmas each year could take a bit of the enjoyment out of this most celebrated of seasons.

But, if we understand that Jesus Himself told us His coming would not always lead to peace and good times, we will find it easier to understand the conflicts this season brings.

While giving His disciples their marching orders one day, Jesus told them to watch out for trouble. He said they would be hated and persecuted, and they would experience family conflicts (Mt. 10:21-23). In fact, He told His followers “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (v34).

It seems like an odd message to come from the Prince of Peace, but it’s true. Jesus offers peace and joy and happiness to all who trust Him. But for those who refuse His salvation, the celebration of His coming will cause conflicts – even at Christmas.

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