Ken Koehler, West Fargo , Published December 30 2013
Letter: The real reason for us to celebrateTwo letters on the Dec. 5 Opinion page (“Earth is running out of time” and “Why celebrate such a loss?”) caught my attention especially at this time of year. The first writer recognized mankind’s immorality, attributing the reason to a more rapid evolving of technology than virtue. He then went on to further speculate that the reason we must not have heard from any of the supposed “billions of other earth-like planets” is that their technological civilizations must have “imploded” under similar circumstances to ours; a fate that he warns planet Earth may soon experience.
The other writer lamented what he sees as the “loss” of 2,000 years of supposed scientific advances that he believes would have taken place if only “Christianity hadn’t assumed power.” He “sees no reason to celebrate” Christmas and “wonders if man could have saved himself” if men of reason had been given the chance.
I have a different take on the situation the world finds itself in – and it doesn’t depend on either the evolution of morality or scientific advances. Rather, it’s the age-old message revealed to us by the Creator himself, as recorded in the book of books, the Bible. God created mankind for a loving and trusting relationship with himself. That relationship was not a forced one, but rather one that operates out of free will. And when that free-will choice broke the trust relationship with the Creator, there arose a need for a savior.
The good news of CHRISTmas is that out of the Creator’s great love for his creation, God himself became that savior in the incarnate person of Jesus – and he declared that whoever would trust his love, would receive his free and gracious gifts of forgiveness, and of a restored and eternal life with him.
For me, that’s the ultimate reason to celebrate CHRISTmas – and also to live with assured hope 365 days a year.