Christian Action League
December 23, 2019
A few days ago, I received a heart-warming Christmas card at the office of the Christian Action League. The outside of the card featured a shepherd boy kneeling next to a ewe with both of them staring adoringly at Bethlehem’s star. Inside, next to the words from the Christmas carol, “O Holy Night” and Christmas well-wishes, was this handwritten note:
“I enjoy your Christian Action League commentary very much and wish I could contribute more! We wish you a healthy new year.”
Also, inside the card was a contribution of $50 for the Christian Action League.
How kind! What a beautiful way to honor the Christ of Christmas and express one’s appreciation for the Christian Action League’s ministry in the public square.
Let me ask you a crucial question. In all of your planning for Christmas this year, did you think to get anything for Jesus? It is his birthday that we celebrate, you know.
Recently, I discovered this poem tucked away in a book in my library. It’s titled, Suppose.
Suppose it were your birthday
And all your friends would come
And gather round your fireplace
There in your happy home.
They come with smiles and gladness,
And bring their presents, too.
But when they start to share them
There’s not a one for you.
They give them to each other,
A grand and costly lot.
But for the guest of honor,
They somehow just forgot.
You say such things don’t happen,
Nor should it ever be;
It seems too crude and cruel,
For folks like you and me.
But friend, have you considered
Just this is what men do?
Not, of course, to humans,
But of our Lord, it’s true.
We celebrate His birthday
With all our pomp and style;
But give to one another
And grieve him all the while.
‘Tis Christ we claim to honor
At this glad Christmastime;
Don’t spend on friends the dollars
And give him just a dime.
To give to one another
Indeed is very nice;
But best of all to Jesus
For Him, let’s sacrifice.
His cause too long has suffered
By thoughtless, selfish men.
Let’s bring to Christ the firstfruits,
And give our best to Him.
-Fred D. Jarvis
The most important gift we can give the Lord at Christmas is our hearts. If you’ve never received Christ as your Savior, asked Him to forgive you of your sins, and trusted Him as the Lord of your life, nothing you bring to God will be of any consequence to Him until you do. Your heart must bow down to Him in worship first, just as the Magi did, then give your gift.
However, if you’ve already made this decision for Christ and realize that you haven’t provided a gift for the Savior this Christmas, then let me ask that you consider giving to the Christian Action League as a way of doing it.
Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $500, or more, makes it possible for the League to stay on its field of mission – bringing the good news of the Gospel of Christ to our state’s halls of power – bringing the witness and influence of a robust Christian worldview to bear on the political process.
I assure you that we endeavor every day to do His will, and the
contribution you make would legitimately be made in His name and for His sake. You see, we agree with the poet. His words were quite apropos:
His [Christ’s] cause too long has suffered
By thoughtless, selfish men.
You can make your secure online donation at this link:
To send your gift through the mail, write to:
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, N.C. 27615
Your best gift, given to the Savior, and sent to us, will help this ministry with its end-of-year giving. With God’s blessing, we hope to clear out the old and make way for the new, which is what Jesus came to do in every heart and every nation.
May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rev. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina