He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’
You watched the video. You read the parable. What else is there for me to say?
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
There was a time I would have thought this video was a bit exaggerated. As you watch, you can see where it’s going, but you might be surprised when you get there.
I’m in the habit of scanning through radio stations in the car. The longest drive I make in Shiner is the five minute trek to get the kids from school. During that quick trip, I like hearing the different music and, sometimes, the DJ bits. Then there are those times I find myself listening to commercials because there’s too much static on other channels (Small-town life!). While listening, I’ve been reminded ’tis the season for Christmas parties. Christmas parties abound: White Elephant; Ugly Sweater; Secret Santa; Christmas karaoke. And then there are the ones advertised on the radio. I’m not quite sure how some of those parties are the best way to celebrate the Lord’s coming into the world.
Still, there’ll be a lot of partying going on these next few weeks; because people only party at Christmas time 😉
That’s what’s behind the ad in the video. It’s hard for me to watch. But it needs to be watched. And it needs to be shared. There’ll be some who think it’s a bit exaggerated. Clearly, those people are talking to the wrong families.
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