Archive for December, 2014

What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Not too long ago, some Christians were wearing the letters, “WWJD.” They stood for, “What would Jesus do?”

The letters were intended to remind the wearer that, when faced with a difficult moral decision, Christians should always ask themselves what Jesus would do if he were in the same situation.

The fad has passed–and just as well. For Jesus never had to decide whether to drink and drive or whether to support hydraulic fracturing or any number of modern ethical dilemmas; the question is meaningless in those situations.

Much more important is to ask what Jesus does do. We have countless reminders of the answer to this question in the Advent and Christmas seasons when we are reminded that Jesus is a “Savior.” He has come to save us from our sins–to save us from ourselves. Jesus doesn’t save us from pain or toil or heartbreak, but he does save is from giving up in the face of pain.

“What does Jesus do?” What is Christ our Savior already doing for us? —J. Douglas Ousley


All’s Fair

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The 72nd Annual Incarnation Christmas Fair will be held this Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Seventy-two years of Fair is a lot. This event attracts more visitors and phone calls, not to mention money, than any other non-liturgical happening at Incarnation. Admittedly, it’s a sop to consumerism. It also produces much-needed revenue.

But the Fair has other advantages for our church. It gives us a chance to meet and greet many people we wouldn’t otherwise encounter because they don’t share our faith. It demonstrates to the surrounding world that we aren’t just a pile of expensively-repaired stones.

Above all, the gifts on sale are unsubtle reminders of the reason for the season: the Incarnation of the Son of God. The greatest gift of our God.

Which is why this isn’t a a holiday fair. It’s a Christmas Fair. —J. Douglas Ousley