Here we go again! For heaven’s sake (literally) – There’s a post that goes round and round, and here it is only October. It decries the saying of “Happy Holidays” versus Merry Christmas. So much I could say about that regarding the “problem-reaction-solution m.o. of meme propaganda… But I’ll try to limit this mini rant.
The post has been circulating since mid summer (if not since last year). First of all, personally I observe the tradition of saying Merry Christmas because I grew up in a sacerdotal church, although I now have involvement in a very intimate house church fellowship. But I’m not going to get my nose out of joint if somebody says happy holidays.
If I had my druthers, the commercialism of Christmas would be laid to rest once and for all. That comes out of paganism, winter solstice, and yule. Long story there… Yet to observe the “bleak midwinter” as the gift it is – in quiet and reflection of the story of the entry into this life of Jesus – is the best way, in my opinion to observe Christmas, and is the best of all worlds.
Secondly, we don’t actually know when Jesus’ birthday was, so it really probably doesn’t matter. He didn’t tell us to celebrate His birthday anyway. Scripture however directs us to celebrate the reality of what His Passion and death mean in our life when we partake of Holy Communion: “This can only mean that whenever you eat this bread or drink of this cup, you are proclaiming that the Lord has died for you, and you will do that until he comes again. So that, whoever eats the bread or drinks the wine without due thought is making himself like one of those who allowed the Lord to be put to death without discerning who he was.” (Phillips translation 1 Corinthians 11:26)
Clearly the Lord has bigger fish to fry than taking offense over minor issues. Clearly there is much to be done in a world that is still under Luciferian occupation. In all too many cases we’ve gone AWOL and forgotten the mission.
Sorry, but this gnat is not worth the strain, when camels have been swallowed. (See Matthew 23:24,25.)
It goes by the way side with the Ishtar Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
In my opinion this is probably another circulating meme designed to create even more touchiness and conflict in our already easily offended, hypersensitive society.
Let’s stop making mountains out of molehills and get our priorities straight as the companions of Christ. Or have we forgotten His reason for coming to Earth in the first place, and our mission in Him and His in us? There is a spiritual war going on in which we are to be fully engaged, and perhaps we need to be reminded that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV)
In times like this, it pays to choose your battles wisely. Let us therefore align our minds with the Mind of Christ!
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