There is a great commotion again this year surrounding how people are going to celebrate Christmas and whom they are going to worship, Jesus or santa? Even if the retail establishments, government institutions, schools and churches want to take Jesus out of the nativity and put santa in there instead it should not take away what Christmas means to you. Even if they take the word Christmas from all the holiday cards and quit worshipping the nativity scene, it should not take away from what Christmas means to you.
In the same way, the system can take the bible and prayer from the government schools but they cannot take God from the hearts and minds of its students. Jesus Christ is within the lives of those who allow Him to be there. We can take Jesus with us to school everyday and pray silently anytime we want throughout the day. How can they take God out of the schools when God is in Spirit? They canít!
No one can ever take our beliefs from us unless we allow them to. However, when we take offense to how others celebrate Christmas that is when we allow them to trespass on our spirit. If they want to take the statue of Jesus in the manger away, let them. If they want to worship santa and his reindeer instead of Jesus, let them! If they want to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, let them. If they want to take the name of our Lord, Jesus out of public prayer, let them. Your prayer does not have to be their prayer. Pray silently anyway you want and let them pray anyway they want.
Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. (2Corinthians 7:17 NIV)
Itís all about forgiving those who trespass against us, so we can continue believing in the way we want. When we forgive others that is how we separate ourselves from the unbelievers. But when we fuss and fight with them over how to celebrate Christmas we become one with them instead of separate from them. When we fuss over how to say Merry Christmas we forget we are supposed to love our neighbors.
Make every effort to live in peace with ALL men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 NIV)
The true meaning of Christmas is in our thoughts, not in a nativity scene or Christmas card. Unfortunately, through the years, Christianís and non-Christianís alike have made Christmas a politically correct holiday, and that can be religiously offensive to some people. The truth of the matter is Christmas was not always celebrated by Christianís because it was once considered a pagan holiday. What has changed?
We should give the unbelievers back their holiday. We should start thinking about the Birth of Jesus Christ every single day of our lives and worshipping and adoring Him for saving us from death and giving us eternal life with Him forever in His Heavenly Paradise. We should not be worrying about how others are going to celebrate Christmas.
We are not commanded to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We are, however, commanded to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul. And we are commanded to love one another. Christianís should be celebrating the birth of Jesus every day as a way of life.
Instead of fussing and fighting over the right way to celebrate Christmas, how about loving Jesus Christ first, and then doing whatever your heart directs you to do.
And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:15-17 NIV)
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