My childhood friend Timon (not his actual name though) was convicted of murder in June this year and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was arrested on the eve of Christmas last year, along with three others, by cops who found them escaping a murder scene.
A pregnant businesswoman had just been robbed of her merchandise, butchered and left at the roadside, the same evening. Evidence gathered from the crime scene linked them directly to the murder and there was no means of escape for them.
Imagine how mean and alexythimic they had to be to take down a woman and her unborn on a Christmas eve! Oh, was I supposed to feel sad for him as my childhood friend? I would, but way no! He is just one amongst many other moral scoffers who consider festive seasons a good baiting period.
There are barely any reservations for this: there is a secret bunch of people who take Christmas for the most opportune moment in the year to sin. Rather than rejoicing appropriately with their families or taking some time to praise and worship God, or to comfort and share with the needy, they go all the way doing all sorts of debauched activities.
For them, it is the time to convene with friends and immerse themselves into raves characterised by alcohol sprees or profane sexual acts. For others yet, it is time to rob and kill, and to terrorise the community with all sorts of evil, from rape to witchcraft.
Sometimes, I even tend to believe that the birth of Christ (rather his birthday) awakens demons and causes them to freak and go nuts! Haha. Elseway, why would people keep most of their wrongful deeds for one day in a year?
It is sad indeed, that while people sing carols and shout out other notes of joy to the birth of a king, back at home, bandits are robbing and killing, spouses are cheating on their partners and the youth are engaged in promiscuous and dissipated activities, as if it were an official sins-day.
So… now that all roads lead to Jesrusalem, it is everyone’s onus to be cautious, because down at Jericho (speaking figuratively of course) are sly and unfeeling men and women, ready to grab every thin opportunity presented to them to hurt lives.
It is my sincere wish that, in the middle of our merry-making, we will keep a close eye on our loved ones and be watchful enough not to lose our possessions. Call on a friend or relative to check on their welfare and ensure every one of them leaves and arrives back home safely.
Speaking of possessions, let us all keep guard of what we have worked hard for – our conscience, our bodies, our spiritual welbeing, our familes and friends and our material wealth too.
And lastly, it is not written anywhere that we have to overspend on Christmas and suffer hardship in January, for we serve a wise and understanding God.
Wishing you all a peaceful, pocket-friendly and spiritually-considerate Christmas and a happy new year. 💖💖🥳🥳