Friday, December 19, 2014
Warning People About Christmas is Not Easy
1 Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
I know it can be very hard. I also know we have to be careful to be loving while telling people the truth. There are Christians who have disagreed with me on celebrating Thanksgiving--[I use it to give Thanks to God and make turkey. The one guy who argues it is a gathering around of all religions, may have a point for public involvement with the holiday but I do not see God condemning one for prayers of thanksgiving at home and making a nice meal.
As for birthdays--[this is something I may scripturally have to take a look at] for now I may still observe the day but don't go crazy about it. Already I have given up Christmas, Halloween and every other Catholic dominated holiday like St. Patrick's Day. While doing cards for a volunteer project it can get weird to explain why I refuse to put Happy Easter on a card or Merry Christmas or Happy St. Patrick's Day.
I have Christian friends who disagree with me about Christmas. I am the only person I know who does not celebrate Christmas outside of some Jewish folks. I know it's not easy. In my old IFB, even a few church members still celebrated Christmas while others do not. There is incredible pressure out there to celebrate Christmas. I know often my not celebrating it makes me feel like an outsider. It does come with a price.
Sometimes I have prayed about where to draw the line. I don't want to be a legalist, what if some people threw me over the way side for cooking a turkey on Thanksgiving however I do think once you know something like Christmas means CHRIST MASS, God does hold you responsible for what you know. I suppose I put this in the category, that I pray God convicts someone about this issue and shows them. It took me YEARS to pull away from Christmas. I don't want to make a believer stumble banging the gong about it, or to be mean about it, but then I do want people to know the truth. I've known Hebrew Roots people who told me I was going to hell for eating a piece of ham. They didn't exactly bring any peace or joy to my life.
This time of year is not an easy one for me. Please pray for me as I have been very ill the last couple weeks. I plan to still keep posting here as long as I can but some of the illnesses which have included a flu probably made in a lab considering the way it is spreading around here, have been very tough. I almost ended up in the hospital. If my health takes a turn for the worse, my husband does have the password here, and I would have him write the readers here on the blog. [He supports my blog here which is a blessing from God]
I do hate Christmas, but believe what the Bible says in the book of Luke about Jesus Christ. I was supposed to go to a party for a book club, it wasn't based on any Christmas theme but got very sick. Maybe God knew ahead time for me they'd be singing Christmas hymns or something. I'm not sure. I had two events like this happen. For some reason this seems to happen in December. Someone told me, "Well just see it as a cultural thing you do not have to partake in", I already have had two visitors ask me if I am Jewish for the lack of Christmas decorations in my dwelling. Everyone then thinks you are a Jehovah Witness too.
This is not an easy one to explain to folks. For me, I know I am responsible before God, especially being an ex- UU, I know what all that holidays that celebrate the solstice mean. I know what the Catholic church calendar means too. Celebrating Christmas for me is not an option. I am a woman with a blog that wrote and believes the Mass is Satanic witchcraft, I'm not going to be a hypocrite. Christmas also gives me a sinking pit in my stomach. I feel like if I celebrated knowing what I know, I would be betraying God. I have no choice about it. Maybe Christmas was easier for me to give up because I am poor, there never was money for presents or a filet mignon dinner, or any of that. It's like the rich man and the eye of the camel. For someone like myself it may be easier to walk away from but then God will desire obedience whether something is hard or easy. The main reason to give up Christmas was for God.
That said being someone, who has lived among unsaved people and other people who disagree with me on just about everything out there. I have had to try and teach myself that line of holding to the truth and still being loving. The world will hate Christians but one doesn't want to rankle people purposefully. With the Christmas issue, it is one I do bring up gently. It sometimes feels like a line I will trip over all the time. I am only human and can do my best but then realize that applies to others. How can we tell them? Sometimes it can be very hard to tell someone something, even the gospel and see them turn against it, or not agree. You can only try.
Christmas, I hate it. I can tell they are blending Christmas and "magic" and the debris of other religions, even in some of the advertising out there. Christmas is loved by every foreign religion and culture out there. Even Satanists have no qualms when it comes to Christmas which should give you major pause. I don't want to see any demonic elves, or lies of Santa Claus sold to any more children.
I hope one day more can see it the way I do and understand why it is a holiday not honoring to God but for now I will pray and hope more people wake up to God's Truth and understand it is not a Christian holiday. I know it is a hard one to pull away from. This is a place where one has to actually put their head above their own cultural programming and seek out God above it all. When I left Christmas behind, in 2003/2004, I remember all the emotions that came up for me. Many people were not happy with me. Maybe were surprised and shocked. I have to admit I will be happier when Christmas is over, to me it is a day of spiritual darkness. When I was UU, they celebrated the solstices and even would say "Happy Solstice". Yes I know what Christmas is, and it is not Christian. I couldn't even fake it now even if I wanted to and I definitely don't want to displease God.