Harsh words from the nation first president for people not grasping the sweeping evidence of Divine Providence during the long and tedious celebration of our Christmas pageant.
“The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, he must be worse than an infidel that faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations,” President George Washington.
The only explanation for such a tragedy comes from a close of associate of Jesus during their lifetimes. Remember that it was John, who introduced the symbolic supernatural significance of baptism by baptizing Jesus. Baptism is a renunciation of past, present attitudes, and behaviors offensive to God the Father. And as, Jesus reemerged from the water it signaled a life to be lived in conformity to His Fathers principles.
So John wrote, “The light shines in the darkness, and darkness did not comprehend it.” Text John 1:5. So that is the tragedy of Christmas.
No one, is what, they were destined to be, in fulfillment of this, our passing Christ seasonal celebration. Until this why is resolved. Perhaps histories greatest questions was asked by Jesus, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (Why) Because You are of your father the Devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand for the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his resources; for he is a liar, and the father of it. Because I (Jesus) tell you the truth (about Christmas) you do not believe it.” Texts: John 8:43-45. Emphasis by insertions, this Padre.
And if the above from Jesus is yours to understand, then a ‘hallelujah’ or two is in order. Pass it on to others, with hope, in your own way, that they to, like us might come to know what Christmas was meant to be.
Clergy people get sick, die, vacation, retire or move on. This padre duly ordained is available to fill that vacancy. Maybe teach a Sunday school class. Perhaps share in an adult Bible study group. Select a topic from the corridors of the conventional right through to the galaxy of topics seldom addressed.
This is also offered to the many people, who do not want any thing to do with organized church. Some may go as far as to despise any semblances of organized religion. Select a secular topic of interest, as this Padre also has a degree in political science.
If interested arrangements can be made through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.
CfS is a church without walls, and therefore, without membership.