Even as I sat to write this editorial I was shocked to read the news of the Connecticut school shooting which killed 26 people of whom 20 are children. Is just “gun control” the solution? What about the knife attack on school children in China’s Henan province the same day (Friday 14 Dec) which left 22 children wounded. Just as our hearts are broken on account of these, let it heed to Jesus’ cry, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them” (Matthew 19:14). Misplaced priorities and inexpedient policies; instead of controlling guns, the Bible & Scripture classes are controlled! I remember reading a post in facebook, “Bibles are allowed in prisons and banned in schools. If Bibles would be given & taught to children at schools they will not end up in prisons.”
And since the world’s third most populated country is Facebook, what one shares on it and on other social media reflects ones character. The youth write up “A Tweeter is known by his Tweet” aims at nailing this thought. Let not shopping, Santa Claus and the similarities steal us away from the very reason of this season, as the Calltoon* in the Cover suggests! Seeing “OMG” this was prominent in my mind – “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40 NIV). When the Lord is making stones speak, let not our hearts be hardened to not proclaim the Truth in this festive season. Let the passion of the lepers persuade us too, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.” (2 Kings 7:9 NIV)
Let’s make use of this Christmas to “Be an Angel” in the lives of others starting from our families to our workplaces. “It’s your turn to pass it on” is a compelling story filled with ideas on how you can meaningfully to the act of passing Jesus and His joy on. Not being fussy with the little material things about dresses and decorations, “Overcoming family conflicts”, celebrate this Christmas with your needy neighbours, your housemaid, apartment guards and so on reflecting “The utmost necessity in this festivity” – humility!
Entering into a New Year the hunt to receive promises from every possible and probable prophet and priest would be on the rise, let’s not forget the “responsibility that keeps increasing in our lives” as promises increase which the Featured article, “Responsibility follows Promise!” puts forth.
Wishing you a meaningful Christmas and purpose driven New Year!
Chief Editor, The CALL
* ‘Calltoon’ is a series of sketches produced by The CALL