Tonight is opening night for the First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks' annual Christmas program. This year we are doing One Incredible Moment, a musical based on Max Lucedo's book of the same name, in which the birth of Jesus is highlighted as mankind's most incredible moment.
Yes, I'm in it! I have a short duet with one of our sopranos (Christie) to open the show. I've been working my tail off, what with overtime at work and nights at church, rehearsing. These shows are always a joy to be involved with, but everyone is always glad when we're done! They are a lot of work!
Shows are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7pm, with a matinee showing on Saturday at 3pm. No admission is ever charged, and no offering is taken. Just come and enjoy the show. It runs about 1 hour.
Whether or not you are a believer, sociologically one must admit, Jesus has had arguably the greatest impact on human history that one single man has ever, ever had. His followers and the beliefs they spread has influenced all of western society. The Christian credo of caring for your neighbor has been the basis for benevolence and charity throughout all of western civilization. The core ideas of personal responsibility and personal liberty, upon which the USA was founded, come from Jesus teachings. It can even be argued that the underpinnings of true communism have a basis in the way the early church pooled their resources, and gave to each as they had need, in order to advance the greater good of the Church and it's followers.
It's my opinion that there is no single individual who ever made a greater contribution to human history, or the direction of it's future. His teachings are as poignant and relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.
The pastor at my mom's church the other day said it well: "For those who believe, the most incredible moment in our lives occurred not during out lifetime, but 200o years ago."