- December 01, 2020
- Ned Erickson
Heading north on Highway 21 near Elkin, you will pass what our family most affectionately calls “The Goldilocks Church.” There’s Baby Bear, a Teenie Bear, a teenie church with its modest four pillars all in a row; then Mama Bear a grown-up church with its four pillars all in a row; and Papa Bear, the big daddy church, just like Mama Bear and Baby Bear with its four pillars all in a row.
My guess is as the congregation grew so did the church building. It must have saved them a ton in architect fees to use the same design – just put the original blueprint in the copy machine and hit zoom.
It’s one of those churches with a sign in front of it. You know, the one with the letters. Like the signs that say: “Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet him.” Or “Looking for a lifeguard? We know one that walks on water.” Or “Does your life stink? Well, we’ve got a pew for you.” Those kind of signs.
This church’s sign said: “Keep the CHRIST in Christmas.”
Hell yeah, I thought. He’s the reason for the season.
Actually, to tell you the truth, what I really did (and this may tell you a bit of my subversive nature) is I took the CHRIST out of Christmas…and what did that give me?
Well, it gives me MAS!
I don’t know what it was, maybe the fact that I had just eaten dinner at this Cuban Restaurant called Tex Mex (misleading, right?) – but the MAS really stuck out to me.
MAS means more…more of what I wondered?
I want more of a lot of things. Maybe you want more of a lot things, too.
It seems to be a theme for most of us…we all want MAS!
But this Christmas, I’m keeping the Christ and the MAS.
I’m asking for a little MAS of Jesus?
MAS CHRIST. More Christ.
I like the sound of that. How about you?
This ChristMAS, I pray that you may you receive more of Him than you ever have before. Amen.