Christmas is about Communication

I have come to believe that an often overlooked purpose of communication is to develop understanding and acceptance of the other person even though we may strongly disagree with their position on a given subject. We don’t need to follow the example of many of our public figures who demean or smear the reputation or character of another person because they have political differences. 

We need to be very careful about “judging” a person because they are a “liberal” or “conservative” or their favorite team is a rival to our favorite team. We need to discuss the issues and not the person hood of the one with the opposing view. Yes, character matters. Absolutely. But, people with stellar character may have a bad idea from time to time and folks with crummy character may have a good idea once in a while. 

Christmas represents a point in history in which Someone with perfect character attempted to communicate with people whose character was/is like”filthy rags.” He had already done some communicating through commandments, miracles, prophets and some of the kings but just at the right time he sent Jesus, the perfect revelation of himself. God understands us, accepts us as we are and offers forgiveness for the sin that separates us from him and others. Perhaps some of us need to think about God as our model in communication and try to build some bridges to those with whom we differ. This doesn’t mean we must give up what we strongly believe. It does mean we can allow others the same right to their opinions without judging them as persons.


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