Luther and the First Article

Last night in our Elders meeting, we read in Luther’s Large Catechism the First Article.  (LLC II:20-21)

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”

It would take many words to describe in detail how few there are who believe this article.  For all of us skim over it, hear it, and recite it without recognizing and considering what duty and privilege this article lays upon us.  If we could believe it with our whole heart, then we would also act accordingly and would not so proudly strut about, insolently pluming ourselves as though we ourselves had produced our life, wealth, power, honor, and the like, and as though others must therefore fear and serve us.  This the world’s perverse, wicked way; drowned in its blindness, it misused all the good gifts of God solely to serve its pride, greed, pleasure, and enjoyment, not even giving God so much as a thought, a word of thanks, or an acknowledgement that He is Lord and Creator.

How appropriate is it now, as we celebrate our Savior’s birth?