To the editor:
I hope that you had a nice Christmas. But, of course, we know that the Christmas story is not complete without “the visitors” following “the star” and arriving to offer their gifts to the child Jesus.
They are called Magi in the gospel of Matthew, and have variously been called astrologers, Wise Men and even Three Kings (although Scripture does not list the number of visitors, their three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh have been interpreted that way.)
It is amazing that these travelers would spend such time and resources pursuing “His star.” Undoubtedly, they traveled hundreds of miles, probably on camels, through barren wastelands to worship their newly-found king—talk about being committed to a purpose! On the other hand, amazingly, a majority of uncommitted Americans (68 percent) say that they do not attend a church, synagogue or mosque on a regular basis. And, for the first time in our nation’s history, less than 50 percent of adults say that they even “identify with a church” to worship at. It is no small wonder that our world is spinning out of control on so many fronts—God is no longer given the reverence that He rightfully deserves. Worship should be giving one’s best to God, not what is left over if we have any energy remaining for an hour on a Sunday morning.
Perhaps you have heard the phrase “Wise men STILL seek Him” which pops up at Christmas time. Psalm 119:2 encourages us to keep His commands and “Seek Him” with all of our heart. This would be a wonderful New Year resolution for us to consider—I urge us all to grow closer to our Lord and Savior this coming year, and to make Him “the star” of our lives in 2022.