People all across the world are celebrating the New Year. And Christians all over Colorado are celebrating the New Year, the Year of the Lord.
Some people celebrate as an excuse for intoxication. Others celebrate it as a reminder of how much good they have accomplished over the year. While many simply celebrate out of tradition.
Christians celebrate out of gratitude—at least they should. This gratitude is based upon the recognition of their unworthiness to be given another year to live. It is acknowledgment that their physical and spiritual life is a gift from Christ and not something based on how good they are.
Christian celebrate out of submission (hopefully). It is a new year given by their Lord, Jesus Christ. And as such they prefer to acknowledge His rule over all. Thus it is fitting they mark years by the One who created time. This is why years are usually marked AD (anno Domini, "in the year of the Lord").
Christians may celebrate the New Year in many ways common to their fellow Americans. But they will always celebrate the New Year as the Year of the Lord.