Christ’s time on earth gave us a good peek into his views on life and religion. He prayed constantly, preached often, and loved unconditionally. He broke bread with tax collectors, prostitutes, thieves, and just about every other “unclean” person he encountered. He fed the poor, housed the homeless, and cured the sick. His disciples (whom he washed the feet of) were ordinary men who did extraordinary things for His kingdom. And his blood family was simple, hard working, and caring. The purpose of studying Christ’s life and who He interacted with is to understand how we should live today. If we use Christ’s life as an example, we will glorify Him, bring people into his kingdom, and spread love where there is none.
Many people ask me how they can make a difference in this world. Well, whether you are Christian, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, the best way you can immediately impact the world is to love another human being. By breaking down divisions based on race, ancestry, and other meaningless things, you can positively influence more people than you can imagine. Challenge yourself to truly get to know someone new this holiday season – and do not prejudge them based on the hue of their skin, their faith, or your own value system. Meet them where they’re at and disregard any differences you may have with them. Focus on your similarities, listen intently, and show them love without preaching. Jesus Christ did not need “religion” to be God. And likewise, we can spread the Gospel this Christmas without mentioning religion. In fact, loving others without being preachy may actually prove to us that God does not need a building or a book to thrive, but merely our hearts and minds.
Christmas may seem to most people as an overly commercialized Christian custom. But to those of us who truly celebrate December 25 as the birth of our savior, we must use this special time as an opportunity to improve ourselves and impact those around us. For Christmas should not just be a day of joy for Christians, but a day of celebration, happiness, and love for all.