The Christmas festival

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Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
                                          
Strong words indeed. Each year millions of people celebrate Christmas. Many of them are believers and have turned to Jesus in repentance. Many have a head knowledge but have made no commitment and the rest are unbelievers or just do not understand why Christ Jesus came amongst us and for what purpose. Christmas to the unbeliever is far different to one who has become a Christian yet even for Christians the celebration of the birth of their Saviour is sometimes overshadowed by the traditions they grew up with. Christmas for many is simply a time for family, friends, presents and gatherings filled with too much food and drink in surroundings far removed from the central message. I talk about the tree, the decorations and all the commercial paraphernalia that has become the tradition. It is good to celebrate the birth of a Saviour but not in this way. God says it Himself. God would rather we repented and accept His gift of life offered so freely in Christ Jesus. He would rather we loved one another as ourselves, take care of the poor, the widow and fatherless among us and lead lives more in keeping with His wishes. To the Christian reader….remember these things. To others……….consider why we have Christmas in the first place.
Shirley Anne
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4 responses

  1. Hi Shirley Anne! You said here…… “Many have a head knowledge but have made no commitment and the rest are unbelievers or just do not understand why Christ Jesus came amongst us and for what purpose. Christmas to the unbeliever is far different to one who has become a Christian yet even for Christians the celebration of the birth of their Saviour is sometimes overshadowed by the traditions they grew up with. Christmas for many is simply a time for family, friends, presents and gatherings filled with too much food and drink in surroundings far removed from the central message.”

    I agree that all the tinsel and lights of the Christmas festival can overshadow Christ….however, Paul talks about in 1 Cor.8-11 that it is advantageous for us as believers to be all things to all people. To use Christmas as a way to get our foot in the door so to speak. Use it as a way to show our neighbors Christs love. Paul said he would in essence become a Jew (or whoever) to win a Jew to Christ. Meaning he would step into their world to share Gods love as a way to win them…like Christ did.

  2. Hello Jenny. For many years I did exactly that but it has made no difference to the attitude of those I was with, my family. One of the hardest things for any Christian is to be a witness to their family. It is true that it is best done by example as Paul says but there is only so much that can be done. As a counter-argument I could say that by giving in to the ways of the world I would be failing as a witness. I would be showing my approval of something I believe to be wrong. Not partaking in my case therefore becomes a stronger witness. Well I hope it will. One other thing you may have missed is the fact that I am not invited to join in with their celebrations anyway when once I was. I have been shunned. As for neighbours I am a faithful witness to them. When Paul talks about being in the world to be a witness he doesn’t necessarily mean we should do as the world does. Yes we have to be in the world but we are also called not to be partakers. ‘Be ye not conformed’. Love to you and your family Jenny

    Shirley Anne x

  3. Shirley Anne.
    I agree….
    Actually we can only do what we can do, yes. Paul was not commanding it. If one reads that section of scripture they would see that Paul was not talking about actually becoming a Jew….or actually partaking of the world. He was speaking about essentially what Jesus did often…eating with and caring about the life of sinners for instance. But yes, on the flip side if they shun you after you’ve done what you can then all you can do is pray and possibly brush the dust off your feet.
    Blessings,
    Jenny