What do I do about Christmas?

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Jesus Christ
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Every year the same discussion comes up.  Personally there is lot about Christmas I don’t like.  There is a lot of what I call mixture.  For some it becomes an excuse to drink and drink, get merry until they fall down.  For others it’s the joy of giving and being with family.  So Christmas is what you make of it.  I hope that people will make of it what is good uplifting and edifying.  

Rom 14:5-8  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day [alike]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth [it] unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

But some people Christmas is nothing more than an anathema.  They can’t see beyond their own prejudice and simply label anything bad. There not joyful unless there miserable.   Nothing is joyful to them and they are more bound up than so call heathen they decry.   To smile is somehow a sin and to laugh is an unforgivable.

 My advice is go out and enjoy your salvation.  Note I said salvation!!!!    Make of this time whatever you want.  If you believe that you are giving more honour not celebrating his birth, Fine.  You are free.   For others it’s a time of sharing and being together.  Families need to take time to be together.    

For Christians it’s important to remember that the crucifixion could never happen without a perfect life,  and without a perfect Birth then could not be a perfect Life.  Everything has to have a beginning.  If it was not important then God would never have inspired the events that took place..

Luke 2: 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

The angels rejoiced to see his birth and yet for some this time should not be remembered, because someone starts to talk about a big guy climbing down the chimney.

Usually when you mention Christmas santa gets thrown in.  or the mass,  And yet as a Christian I don’t acknowledge either. There are many things about Christmas I would love to see changed.  There are some things I absolutely detest because they detract from glorifying God.  Churches that have figurines or plays with Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus and three wise men is one stall is a personnel grip because it never happened that way.  The wise men visited Jesus many months later.   Christmas should be about the truth of what really took place and not what we like to think takes place. 

I would make the emphasis more on Christ and less on some fictitious character that comes down the chimney.  Make it more about families and less about office parties and less about drink and more about celebrating Jesus.  However until we begin to define what is, we will never define what it is not. People who argue against having this time always bring up that December 25 was really the birthday of some pagan God. Whatever the truth of that issue, I doubt if many celebrate it for that reason today. We know Jesus was not born on December 25th.  But does the actual date matter, its what you make of that day that matters.  That is What Paul says.  We all regard each day on a personnel basis.  For some it will be debauchery and I can’t be responsible for what another person does in that respect.  I however am responsible for what I do with my time and I choose to glorify God. 

Luk 2: 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Now this is what Christmas should be aboutGlorifying and praising God and showing Good will to others.  Does doing so make me a sinner because I want to see Jesus glorified and his birth remembered?

Rom 14: 12 -13 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.

December is a public holiday and what you do with that holiday is personnel to you. But either way it’s still a public holiday and most people will take, or will have to take that time off.  If it means you sit in the house and do nothing fine, that’s your choice.  If it means visiting relatives, that’s Ok as well.  Going out and getting sloshed, that’s your problem.  

Personally I choose to be in the house of God and see Jesus exalted and worshipped. 



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