FAMILY MATTERS with PASTOR CHANDA
THURSDAY, December 17, 2015: Christmas is upon us. This week, on December 25, we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. He was born so that he could die for our sins. If there is any event worth celebrating, this is it.
The Bible, many years before the birth of Jesus, spoke about this. â€œBut there will be no gloom for her who was in anguishâ€¦. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
â€œYou have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joyâ€¦. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peaceâ€ (Isaiah 9).
Surely, in the light of this news we should take time to celebrate every year the good news that God visited this planet through the baby that was born in Bethlehem. â€œHis name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!â€
The question, therefore, is not whether we should celebrate or not. But rather it is how we should celebrate. Too many people are already preparing to drink their heads off during this festive season. Is that how best to celebrate the coming of the Saviour into this world?
Do we not know that every year around Christmas we experience the highest level of deaths caused by drunkards? Look at last yearâ€™s newspapers around Christmas and New Year and see for yourself. Why should we walk into this death trap again with our eyes wide open?
Sadly, as I drive around the city, I see trucks upon trucks heavy laden with crates of alcohol making their way to various places where drinking parties will be held. Bars, taverns, disco houses, hotels and lodges are all stocking up an unusually high supply of this drink.
Come Christmas, vast amounts of alcohol will he unleashed upon the unwary all over the nation. Invitations are flying around from business houses and individuals, inviting us to end-of-year parties. You can be sure that â€œboozeâ€ will not be lacking there.
The reason why I am concerned about this is not because I want to reduce on the profit margins of business houses. It is because of the effect of alcohol on our senses. Many people will be leaving those venues with a very poor sense of judgement.
They will turn our cars into death-traps and our streets into the most dangerous places on earth. I am not a prophet or a son of a prophet, but I know that there will be a bloodbath on our roads again. We will start the year 2016 with needless funerals and medical bills.
Apart from the loss of lives due to drunken driving, there will be the multiplication of infections of sexually transmitted diseases as drunken men walk out of those bars, taverns, disco houses, hotels and lodges with strange women in their arms.
Who does not know that prostitutes are also preparing themselves for the kill this Christmas? It is also their season to prey on the unwary, whose sense of moral judgement is dampened by the accursed drink.
What makes sexual immorality more lethal than drunken driving is that we only see the effect five to 10 years later, when AIDS ravages its victim. By that time, the person would have infected his spouse at home, and possibly many others.
It does not need to be so. That is why God gave us brains. We should use them. Only animals fail to make use of history. An animalâ€™s mother may be caught in a trap in one place and it will also be caught in the same place the next day. But we are not animals.
We are human beings made in the image of God. We have the capacity to learn from history. If we love our families, we should be screaming blue murder about the alcohol that is being shipped across our towns in preparation for the big slaughter this Christmas!
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FAMILY MATTERS with PASTOR CHANDA