Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas

So far I have read:

http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/sbs777/vital/xmas.html

http://www.biblicalagrarianism.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1033

http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/xmas5.htm

And Christmas is not Christian. I don't want to celebrate Christmas anymore. Christmas is mixing pagan celebrations with honoring Christ, which God does not like.

The Book of Deuteronomy

Chapter 12

29

When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;

30

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

31

Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

32

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.


Interpretation from www.biblicalagrarianism.com
Deut. 12:29-32
-- God warned His people Israel to destroy all vestiges of pagan worship that they found in the "Promised Land." Not only did God want to prevent His people from being enticed to worship false gods, but He also specifically revealed that He did not want His people to worship Him in the same manner in which the heathen worshiped their gods. We know, therefore, that our Lord is displeased by practices which profess to honor Him, but which are copied from the tradition of false religions. The command here was to worship God only in His way, i.e., do only what God commands -- not adding to God's commands nor taking away from them. Therefore, is not "putting Christ back into Christmas," worshiping "the Lord your God their way"? Is there any command in the Bible to give special reverence to the Scriptural account of Christ's birth more so than to any other Scripture, let alone even a suggestion to celebrate or commemorate His birth in any way whatsoever? God never intended for His people to be imitators of the pagan customs of the world, but has called us to be separate and set apart.

My Dilemma

Now that I have a little knowledge about what Christmas really is, I have a dilemma on my hands. Christmas is only a week away and I have my Husband's Company Christmas Party to cook for tomorrow. I have already bought presents for my and my husband's family and have most of them wrapped, and I'm sure they have already bought presents for my husband and I. I don't want to dishonor the Lord by celebrating Christmas, what am I to do? I know once I speak of this to my family they will think I have gone mad! I'll most likely celebrate Christmas this year and be asking Gods forgiveness the entire time, now that I know it displeases him. This really makes me feel and sound like a hypocrite, but what should I do on such short notice? But I'm thinking about writing a letter about my decision to not celebrate Christmas, including my reasons why with Bible Verses to back them up and printing out information on the subject. And sending this letter and information to my family and friends early next year, so that they will have plenty of notice of my plans for next year. Then sending out the same letter and information again latter in the year, when it is getting closer to Christmas time again, so it will be a reminder to them. I hope I will be able to stand firm on this subject with my family. I know it will be a battle with them. Just as staying home and being a homemaker has been a tedious battle with my fathers side of the family. They don't approve. They think I should have a career, so I can buy nice expensive things. I like keeping my home and making due with what I have. I don't have to have nice things to be satisfied. Please pray for me in this Christmas decision.



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6 comments:

Lizzie said...

I came across your blog from another friend's blog, and I would encourage you to talk to your husband and pastor about this. I said a prayer for you!

SaChay said...

Thank you, Lizzie! Please keep praying for me on this subject! I mentioned it to my husband and he got extremely mad! I didn't expect that from him! I'd like to look at your friends blog! Whats the site? You don't have any information listed on your profile. But thank you for commenting and keep in touch! Do you celebrate Christmas? Any information or advice you have will be well considered! Thank you so much!

Lizzie said...

It was Jenna's blog (My Strength and Song)! I'm sorry your husband got mad--maybe you should ask him about it; let him know that you're worried about this and ask him to at least pray for you. Your pastor or a trusted Christian lady might be good people to ask, too.

I personally am still not sure about Christmas--my family celebrates it and so does my church, but I'm not yet sure if I wholeheartedly accept it. I prayed that God would give you wisdom and peace!

SaChay said...

Lizzie,
Oh, I just love Jenna's blog! I try to visit her blog daily! She is such a sweet young lady, and has such a light for Christ.

Thank you for praying for me, I'm still praying about it too. I talked to one of my Aunt's about this last night, she is a really strong Christian woman. But she didn't have much to say about this subject.

If God reveals anything to you about Christmas, please let me know.

Have you ever thought about starting a blog?

Lizzie said...

I prayed for you today--hopefully you won't be put into any uncomfortable situations or go against your conscience.

I've been reasoning that there's nothing inherently sinful about evergreen trees, or lights, or giving presents. But that's just reason.

I have thought about starting a blog--while I do have a LiveJournal and a couple private Wordpress blogs, I haven't really blogged publicly for a while (I used to have a private Blogger blog on which I only posted once). I probably will eventually, but I'm not sure when that will be.

SaChay said...

When you do start blogging publicly, make sure you drop by and leave me a link. I will definitely stop by!