This is a golly time of the year for everyone. There is much shopping and excitement in the air. The period globally has become synonymous with laughter, joy and happiness. Enemies sheath their swords, old wrongs are forgiven. Friends and families meet to feast together. Bright lights are hung all around. Many other decorations are put up. Of course there is the ubiquitous Christmas tree. Selecting the most appropriate Christmas tree and decorating it are past times that each family relishes.
The spirit of the season is filtered down to the children. They immediately feel the joy of the season. They ensure they are on their best behaviour; as they are reminded that Santa Clause will be carrying presents for those who are nice. Naughty ones will receive coals. If you live in the Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia and other nordic countries then jolly old St. Nick will send his little helper for you. His real elves, the Krampus will come and whip, torment and scare only the naughty children. In Jamaica we have the Junkanoo. During the times of slavery it was used to mimic, ridicule and curse their slaves masters. Small bands now carry on the tradition. However, they are used as entertainment which is intended to frighten the children. I had nightmares as a child after watching them. Now with sorcery and witchcraft, aliens and horror movies becoming a regular part of children entertainment. Their effect on the psyche of the children is far less. However, the impact should not be overlooked.
There are many other traditions that have become intermingled with the celebration of Christmas. Most are driven by the heavy commercialisation. Saints must be aware of those aspects that do not give God glory and refrain from participating. Most importantly the innocence of the children must be guarded. They must be made aware of the reason for the season and the corrupting influence of many of the current practises.
We should celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is important to bring it into remembrance. Angels and shepherds celebrated this joyous occasion (Luke 2:8-20). All the prophets, from Adam to those alive before His coming saw and rejoice at God’s plans to redeem mankind. However, we must ensure that we are separated from the pagan rituals that are associated with this season. Before you accept something, ask yourself this question, “does it give God glory. Is Jesus Christ glorified in this?”. If He is not, then I implore you to abstain.
Love of Christ is enmity with the world (1 John 2:15-16). It does not mean we hate others. We are commanded to love our neighbour (Mark 12:31). There was no qualification put on the love. It does not mean that we must be accepting of anything that goes counter to the command of God. We must not be afraid to “come out…and be… separate”.
Last year the Lord spoke to me about the symbolism of a Christmas tree and how we unknowingly worship it. For the next 5 days I will be writing each day about a pagan practise that is observed in this season. Things that we take for granted.
Be blessed everyone! Enjoy the season. This is not the time when our Lord was born. Yes Jesus was not born on December 25. Despite, setting aside a date to refresh our memory about his birth is important. It must be used as a time to reflect on our walk with Him. Remembering that He died is even more important but we make these of non-effect if we ignore the reason He came. Give Heaven a reason to celebrate. Use the time to reflect on your walk with Him. Is it lukewarm or dead, make a decision to become hot for God. If it is already hot ask Him to enlarge your territory, to give you more souls. And to establish you as His weapon of mass destruction against Satan. Make these your stocking stuffers. Instead of decorating the chimney, door, roof and lawn with lights and wreaths, apply the blood over your home. Put it up on the door post. Place it on your children, on your children’s children, and on their children down to many generations. Give the gift that keeps on giving to co-workers, friends and family. Give them Jesus!
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)