I have skipped being festive (no tree decorating or anything) for 2 consecutive years now. However, I still go by gift-giving. I am reminded of what I told a friend just a couple of days ago, that I live in benefit of the greatest gift, redemption through Christ. We all desire to live in submission to the Holy Spirit but oftentimes, we fall short and more so because we still live in this world with plenty of things that entice us. I don’t personally tell people not to celebrate Christmas. Living in constant generosity is a struggle for some but I think it is counterproductive to rob people out of their will to practice generosity, if even once a year.
We have because God is good and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving.
We can’t expect people to celebrate Jesus in an intimate level especially if they have not had a personal encounter with Him. If Christians struggle to stay the course, how much more people who do not have the Holy Spirit? What is comforting to me though is knowing the historical fact that Jesus came into this world is being celebrated. The sad truth is that even this is slowly being removed from public knowledge and is under attack.
You don’t have to set up a tree or a nativity scene. I was liberated from kissing idols (through my Catholic upbringing) and to my knowledge, I have not experienced kissing the likeness of the baby Jesus figurine from the nativity scene, and neither have I deemed the tree anything more but a colorful decoration. Nothing wrong with depictions as long as you don’t bow down, pray to it and think kissing it will yield miracles. I won’t discourage anyone should they feel festive.
Imagine… Candy canes were being banned from a school in Nebraska simply because they are shaped as a letter “J”. The decision was reversed since the Social Justice principal who raised the objection in her quest for inclusivity, apparently excluded more people than she thought would be offended. According to her complaint, “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” she reportedly wrote. “This would also include different colored candy canes.”
As a Christian, I had no idea the Candy cane shape meant that. Her reasoning is one that is an obvious fabrication to justify her religious bigotry towards Christians.
Celebrate this Western tradition while you still can. If they move to ban even Western secular symbols, imagine the real war with everything that actually has to do with Jesus Christ.
Let me ask you a question. Do you think gift-giving is sinful?
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
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