St. Peter Lutheran Church
2929 F.M 972 (at F.M. 1105)
Walburg, Texas 78626
Office: (512) 863-
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St. Peter Lutheran Church at Walburg, Texas
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Nov. 26, 2018
As he was drawing near-
We will be entering the holiday season. Attempting to score some "likes" on social media or to score another book or "documentary" deal, some "culture warriors" will attempt at this time to equate a greeting (or lack thereof) at some commercial center as being on par with the persecution faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ in China or Pakistan or Nigeria. Meanwhile secularists will hone in on said "culture warriors" and declare that this is what all Christians are like: thin-
In the passage above from Luke, Jesus is making his triumphal entry and what is interesting is that no one really understands what it all means. The disciples think that Jesus is coming to put "Christ in culture." The religious teachers want good optics. Those in power don't mind a show as long as it doesn't change anything. Jesus sees past it all. He sees the future cowardice of the disciples, the present bankruptcy of posturing religiosity, and he sees the great past failures culture makes to really bring about a changed life.
Jesus sees the longing beneath the surface. He hears people, who do not really know what they are saying, declaring the truth. Beyond the clutter that has come to represent Christmas and the distractions thrown up by the devil, the world, and our sinful selves; there is truth that breaks through even if the lips confessing it don't realize what they are confessing. The pop star singing the classic advent hymn, the corporate executive declaring that there are holy days and masses for Christ, the television studio putting aside the typical conspiracy show and producing one about peace on earth.
Like the disciples, our culture knows there is something bigger at work, but doesn't know that the healing will effect the cosmos root and branch. Secularists and Pharisees attempt to tell the world that it doesn't know what it is saying; but Christ declares that the message of God with us (Emmanuel) is so important, that if His followers remained silent the message would come from the places we least expect it. Whether from the carols we cannot forget or the house churches overseas, Christ will be confessed. It isn't our doing to be sure, but who who wants to be left out when the King comes to town?
Felicem Domini Nativitatis diem! Blessed be the day of the birth of our Lord!
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