Quote of the day – Thoughts on Christmas from Beth


1 Chronicles 16:34

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


Beth, the author of the blog “I once was lost“, shared her thoughts, hopes, and experiences about not celebrating Christmas. She offered these in comments on a reblog I posted of Mike Jeshurun’s post

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, Sherry has a blog devoted to it, The X Mass H8rs Blog. Don’t be turned off by the name of the blog and visit Sherry there – she has a library of materials.

Here are Beth’s comments on not celebrating this day:

I believe that something we need to keep in mind is that just because millions (maybe billions) follow Roman Catholicism does not make Roman Catholicism right – same goes for the world making December 25th what they would like it to be. I’m out on that. That does NOT make me any better than anyone else it just reminds me as a follower of God through Jesus Christ it is another day I am allowed to REST in Him and what He has done for us – finished for us – through His obedience to God the Father. ❤️❤️❤️ His birth is part of the Gospel – Good News-message – we don’t need a puffed up day to celebrate Him – He is a celebration in our hearts everyday – He is the Gift we need everyday. ❤️❤️❤️

I believe that more witnessing has come out of me by NOT celebrating – I have honestly found it opens more doors up to the “fence sitter/non-believer.”

Posted with love!

I asked Beth, “Could you share more about your opportunities to witness?”

For example I clean houses – and I have had to tell my well-meaning ladies when they want to give me a gift the truth. I can’t just take it and say thank you – I am convicted to lovingly tell them that I don’t celebrate the birth of the Lord with the world. I let them know I celebrate it everyday because not only has his birth saved me – but his life, death and resurrection. So to celebrate with the world doesn’t make sense to me. Of course they still give me a gift – without giftwrap and a thank you card instead of a holiday card.

Strangers I tell them when they give me their merry wishes that I believe in The Lord – but do not celebrate with the world on one particular day – some get nasty… I have been accused of being legalistic and a grinch and a Scrooge – and a Jehovah’s witness – that’s ok though because I feel very convinced that God’s Holy Spirit has convicted me. So I will keep doing what I feel He has commanded me to. ❤️

It gets easier as the years pass … I just BELIEVE what The Good Lord has shown ME in His Word and convicted ME of through His Spirit. ❤️

HE IS A GOOD AND MIGHTY AND TRUTHFUL GOD – I will trust in and on Him all the rest of my days. ❤️

One of the questions I get is “Well what do you do that day?”  My reply:  “I do what I always do everyday in the Lord – I rest in what He has done for us through His finished work – like He tells us to do.”❤️


 

For Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas – some things to consider (revised)

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J. M. Chełmoński Partridges in the snow Public Domain via Wikimedia

Reality

The assumption that Christmas is a Christian holiday is nearly universal.

It is an institution, an extraordinary cultural phenomenon, and it is promoted by both believers and those who don’t believe.

Rightly or wrongly, it is also seen as a time when people are more open to the Gospel, so that it has the vote of those whose chief desire is to reach the lost for Jesus Christ.

In other words, Christmas is HUGE, and while we need to warn other Christians about its origins and practices, we need to realize that nothing is going to change unless it is God’s good pleasure. 

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Some thoughts and a little advice

Unless people are pressuring you to participate, you can pay almost no attention to it except at certain times.  

If you don’t celebrate for reasons of conscience, your conscience will be at peace, and this is a good and happy thing when you’re innocent of any particular wrongdoing. 

Remember that the Lord commanded Israel not to adopt the customs of the nations, that their disobedience was meant to teach us, and that your stance is Biblical.

Jeremiah 10:1-2a

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: thus saith the Lord,

Learn not the way of the heathen,

1 Corinthians 10:11

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

If you watch TV, and enjoy the Hallmark Channel, avoid it for now. Their Christmas movies are appealing, even when they include one of the biggest lies – Santa. Also, Hallmark has been a part of Christmas for decades, and they have a financial reason for promoting this day.

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

You may still suffer depression, no matter how hard you try to control your thought life and feelings. People are fragile and have little say in what goes on in the larger world around us. So stay in prayer and God’s Word. 

When you see Christmas lights still up in February, don’t complain about the people who do this. Pray that the Lord will grant them repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, Who is the Light of the world (John 8:12).

To say that in some way Jesus is coming to us again this December, as if for the very first time, is unreal and untrue, and reflects pagan thinking that has to do with the notion that time is cyclical. The Lord can’t come for the first time every December, anymore than He can die on the cross every spring or in each “sacrifice of the Mass.” Jesus will return to us one day, maybe very soon, and this is our hope which is grounded in reality. Truth has nothing to do with cycles that are pointless and neverending. It runs in a straight line, moving forward purposefully in time toward the goal of the Lord’s return and His actual physical presence with us forever. So take heart, and declare with Job, 

For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

Job 19:25

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For Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas

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If for reasons of conscience toward the Lord, you don’t celebrate Christmas, please don’t tell yourself, or let anyone make you feel that, there is no beauty in winter without it.

If you live in a cold climate, the snow He sends will still be white, and the trees, which He planted, will still bear this beautiful burden of whiteness on their boughs. The sparrows will still twitter and flit, and the snow still sparkle in the daytime and twinkle at night.

All of the beauties, in whatever climate you live at this time of year, will still be there! Fellowship will be as sweet without it, when we walk in the Spirit, and we can give and receive at any time. Food will be just as delicious, and this life – because He redeemed us! – will still be a life of lasting wonders.

So let us rejoice every day

because Jesus came to us,

lived among us His perfect life,

died to save us,

was raised to give us right standing with His Father,

and is coming soon – He Who is the source of all love and life and goodness!

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

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Hebrews 2:14,15

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 

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