“When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience.” Romans 2:14
Some Christians put signs in their yard for Christmas and Easter that say, “Jesus is the reason for the Season.” I agree with the theory that Jesus is the reason. It works for me and my family. But, but what about the children who have never been told the story of the birth and death and resurrection of Jesus? Is it not better for them to at least celebrate the festival–gifts received from a generous Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny? Surely, children can feel the goodness of the season and perhaps will grow to love the true meaning of the holiday.
In Romans, Paul brought up the fact that if you don’t know you are sinning, God will look at you in a compassionate way. But it is a waste of your time if you know right from wrong, but sin anyway. Jesus didn’t do ministry by putting up signs that said, “I am the reason for the Season.” He lived the Season through his teaching, preaching, healing.
So, instead of posting a sign in your front yard, “Jesus is the reason for the Season,” perhaps bundling together food and a few little gifts and delivering it to an unchurched neighbors would show, instead of tell, the message of the Season.
Dear God, help us see ways to proclaim your love throughout the whole year.