Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What Are You Celebrating?

Turn on the TV. Flip open the newspaper. Scroll through the internet. Browse through Facebook. It's all cluttered with messages of celebration and woo-hooing over the same things: a royal wedding, anticipated twins, and military victory.

I didn't tune in and watch anything about "the" wedding. Yay for you if you had time and interest. I didn't. But I've read enough Facebook chatter and viewed enough newspaper photos to get a reasonable idea of what went on.

Darling couple. Now I want to be young and cute and get married all over again.
Oooh, but the happy joy of young love isn't the end. Someone else rich and famous welcomed twins into the world. A happy day for a growing family.

I love my husband. I love my kids. I get happy when others experience that too.
And, while people are saying, "Congrats!" over newly-exchanged I-do's and teeny-tiny babies, we also hear joyful shouts and cheers over the death of Terrorist Bin Laden. 
Something about cheering and celebrating weddings and babies and death all at once is giving me a headache.

Yes I love fancy weddings, think babies are precious, and am happy the threat of Bin Laden is gone. No I am not a celebrity gossip, media critic, or political analyst.

And, no, I am not putting these three events on par together because even in my buried-in-laundry-and-keeping-kids-alive mind I understand that the ramifications of Bin Laden's death far outweigh those of a royal wedding or an anticipated birth.

Regardless, consider this:  

The Royal Couple, the New Parents, the Terrorist, and the Writer You Are Reading were all born into the same situation: sinful.

The Royal Couple, the New Parents, the Terrorist, and the Writer You Are Reading all need need God's redemptive gift: salvation.

Romans 3:10-12, "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."

Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure."

So, what are you celebrating? Famous love, glitz and glamor, deserved death?

Let's not allow the agony of Good Friday and the glory of Easter Sunday slip our minds. Wait a minute... didn't we celebrate those events just two weeks ago?

Because of these - these - events, we have reason to celebrate. And reason to pray earnestly that others may participate in the joy of a salvation celebration.


  1. Amen, Sarah! Well written, SO true, and definitely the ONLY thing worth celebrating!