There’s been a buzz in social media outlets about how to celebrate Christmas.
Contemplations over trees, stockings and Santa. I’ve noticed families giving up traditions in the name of honoring Christ. Children no longer allowed to keep their gifts in order to bless the poor. Parents declining party invitations in trying to guard their families from the secularism of a worldly celebration.
And, so I wonder.
Have we allowed the enemy to distract us from Christ with borrowed Christmas convictions?
Are we following the promptings of God delivered to us by His Holy Spirit?
Or are we being deceived into believing we’re denying the rudiments of this world while eagerly adopting them?
So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it?
“Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!”
Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention?
Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic.
But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important. (Colossians 2:20-23 Message Version)
If we are not being led by Christ in changing our lives, we are simply borrowing the convictions of another man.
And a deep check of our heart will expose our motives.
Might we become increasingly sensitive to the arousal of our senses and suggestions to our soul. Then, may we offer those occasions to the One who calls for change.
And follow His design for life.
Truly this could be the sincerest way to “keep Christ in Christmas.”
(Caleb was in charge, last year, of setting up the nativity. Yes, the cow is on the roof. And, yes, it seems the angel and wise men are doting over the animals instead of Baby Jesus. Many would have considered our display sacrilegious. But, we chose not to borrow their convictions.)