Keep Christ in Christmas?

First of all, let me announce at the beginning of this post, that it is not my desire to rain on anyone’s Christmas parade. I am not in the business of telling people how they must celebrate Christmas, or for that matter, how they should not celebrate Christmas. While I have many Puritan leanings, I am not the type to make a big production of purposely going to work on Christmas, just so everyone knows that I am not celebrating Christmas. (I do celebrate Christmas with my family so don’t think of me as a “Christmas hater.”)

However, I do have a bone to pick with many (not all) of those who constantly cry out, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Why? Because many (not all) of those who chant that particular mantra get incensed when someone says “Happy Holidays,” instead of, “Merry Christmas,” yet throughout the rest of the year they seldom take seriously the Biblical command to:

 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11)

It is funny to me (funny, strange; not funny, ha ha) that those who shout the loudest about Christmas (a holy day not commanded by God), are the ones who often think little about heading out to the mall, to the grocery store, to a softball or soccer tournament, to a football game, or to a restaurant on the Lord’s Day (a holy day which God has commanded that we observe). It is not my intention to become the Sabbath Police, determining what everyone can or can’t do on the Lord’s Day, but I desire to shout from the housetops that God has given us fifty-two holy days every year in which to turn aside and worship Him, and His Son, and to be strengthened by His grace through the hearing of His Word by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Feel free to think about Christ at this time of year, but be sure that you do not forget about Him through the rest of the year. As the writer of Hebrews has written:

 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:22-25)

 

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