O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How Debatable is Your Presence

Did you know, that it’s a sin to have a Christmas tree? As it says in Jeremiah 10:2-4:

Thus says the LORD:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
    nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
    because the nations are dismayed at them,
 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
    and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
 They decorate it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so that it cannot move.

Many don’t believe that owning and decorating a Christmas tree is a sin, but there are many others who interpret this passage in a different light, and believe that such trees are indeed sinful. One must be careful when interpreting the Bible, for you can make it say whatever you wish of it, if you take it out of context. For example, I can tell you that all you need to do in life, is to curse God and die. For as Job’s wife told him in Job 2:9, Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” This is one extreme example to show the care which should be taken when quoting the Scriptures. This verse is in the Bible; however, it’s within the context of Job being tested, and the Bible provides enough evidence to show that his wife is not a trustworthy narrator. Or what would happen if I picked Genesis 9:7 to be my verse to live by: “And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”?

Continue reading

Advertisements

The Ultimate Gift

Walmart is busy this time of year. So if you’re praying for patience, it’s the place to go. And Amazon’s working overtime to deliver goodies and gifts before the December 25th deadline. For many stores, Christmastime is perhaps the busiest time of the year. Why? Because everyone is shopping for gifts.

One of the many traditions of Christmas, is the exchanging of presents. One reason why some stores, *cough Walmart, begin Christmas in August. Businesses love selling stuff. It makes them money. And it’s also natural for us to like getting presents. Oh, the sweet, sweet dopamine that is released as we strip away the decorative wrapping to see what is inside. However, I would like to remind us, that though it’s fun to get, Christmas is not about getting; it’s about giving. Continue reading

Facebook Posts: Matt Johnson

I’ve always been one of the “no Christmas music until after thanksgiving” people. But I also start longing for it once the temperatures start dropping. It’s something I’ve never really figured out, until the past couple weeks. While listening to it (through my earbuds, as to not make some upset at the untimely music), I started to evaluate the feelings it was evoking. It gave me a sense of longing. A longing for the colder weather, the food, the snow. But especially the time of family gatherings. Christmas is about the only time my family all gets together, and it’s a special occasion that I love and look forward to every year, and Christmas music helps me to get through those last couple months. Just an insight for those saying it’s too early for the music and the decorations in the stores. For some, its an emotional thing, and provides some sense of happiness in their lives.
Just thought I’d put that out there.

~Shared from Facebook

What’s Most Important?

I’ve heard this song on the radio during the last few weeks. And though it has a catchy beat, and I get what it’s trying to say, I wish it wasn’t being played–that there was more “Joy to the World,” or “Away in the Manger,” instead of “Christmas with a Capital ‘C'”.

The reason I say this, is because I believe there is too much time and energy spent on arguing and debate, rather than on sharing the Gospel. And heated debates being made, without one knowing all the facts. I say this, for though I am a Christian, and I believe we should talk about Jesus daily, I have no problem with saying, “Merry Xmas”, or “Happy holidays.” Why? Continue reading

To or to not Christmas?

It is December, which means it’s the Christmas season! (Though for Wal-Mart, it’s been Christmas ever since August.) A special time of year to celebrate with carols, special foods, and presents. But for some, it’s just an ordinary month. Now, I have no problem with those who choose not to celebrate Christmas for one reason or another. I am in complete accordance with Romans 14:5-6:

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

However, what does cook my oysters, is when one tries to push their opinion on another. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to celebrate Christmas; nevertheless, please don’t try to discourage others to do the same.

There are many arguments that can be made why not to celebrate this holiday; yet, there are equally as many good reasons why it’s perfectly okay: Continue reading