If Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, then why all the “bling”? The malls are full of it. Everywhere you look there is “bling.” Elaborate jewelery, ornamented, simple, flashy, expensive and elegant bling is out there. Whether you are at Arrowhead, Westgate, Northern Crossing, Oregon Plaza, or Glendale Galleria, whether you take a road trip to Arizona Mills, there is “bling” of every kind: necklaces, rings, brooches, clip and stud earrings, nose rings, toe rings, bracelets, cufflinks, watches, pins, cell phones and accessories adorn the shelves and cabinets of expectant sellers. Gold, silver, copper gems of the Swarowski,Tiffany, Cartier,Tanisha, and native american design are there for frenzied shoppers looking for just that right gift for a loved one this Christmas. There are lover’s gazing, women admiring, and men delighting in bling, bling, bling.
But, the question still remains; if Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, then why the bling? If it is Jesus’ birthday party that we are planning, then Christians should be asking: What would Jesus like? Jesus, the Savior, who brings grace abundant, love of the extraordinary kind into the world, love that would sacrifice anything for people to know true love…would this Jesus like bling? mmmmmmmmmm…
Well, yes, Jesus would like bling if…if the bling represents the best gift you can muster to bring joy into the world. The wise chose gold and the finest perfume and oils, francinsense and myrrh to tell Jesus of their love and adoration. Bling has been going on a long time. Wherever there is love, there is the Christ. Wherever there is willingness to sacrifice and give love abundant love, there is Jesus.
A gift chosen, not because we have to, but because we want to give a love moment to another is a part of Jesus birthday party. The right bling for the right person brings joy and giving to the fore, where it can be there to stay throughout the year. Perhaps critics of consumerism at Christmas have it wrong. It is not that Jesus does not like bling, but maybe that the bling does not necessarily fall into the right hands.
“Bling” is indeed for lovers, but what would Jesus think if lovers gave some bling to the one who is anguishing over paying a utility bill, to the hungry one, the addicted one, or to the one who is lonely and if lucky, has to tag onto someone’s else’s party. What if a party was given in honor of them? Where the unemployed, the homeless, the lonely are invited to share in the sparkle of the season – there is bling! What a privilege it is to think of the right bling for all God’s people that will shine in grateful hearts for years to come. I am sure Jesus would like such bling. What do you think?