An Idea For A Christian Christmas
Jesus came to announce the good news that through His death we may have life in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus told us how to love God with every sinew of our being. He told us to relinquish the things that tie us to this world: the emotional attachments to our families and our possessions.
Instead, each Christmas we fixate on shepherds, angels and wise men. We put Jesus in a crib and surround Him with donkeys. We apparently think that this is the most important message about their saviour that we want our children to learn.
We concern ourselves with pretty coloured lights and the pagan symbols of trees and mistletoe. We adopt pagan practices of exchanging yet more material goods and satisfy our love of family over that of God. We self-indulge on food and drink – and often other questionable behaviour.
Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger.
Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
We focus our minds on the messenger (if we happen to remember Jesus at all) and ignore the message. In short, we engage in hedonism – the satisfaction of the flesh.
All this is supposedly, in honour of Jesus Christ, our saviour!
God hated Israel’s man-made celebrations and He holds Christmas in utter and total contempt.
“I absolutely despise your festivals!
I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies!
Amos 5:21 (NET)
If Christians really wanted to celebrate the message of Christ, we would find a place to be alone with God, fast for the day and pray without ceasing, giving thanks for His extraordinary gift.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Col 3:2 (ESV)
However has the message of salvation become so utterly distorted?
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