Hi friends! I wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. The “whatever” part is just me being silly. I suppose it’s mostly for those of you who have personal convictions that lead you to choose not to celebrate Christmas; I hope you won’t count me as too much of a pagan (ornery grin). I say that with all love and respect (and just a tad bit of humor) because, yes, I do have some close friends who don’t do the Christmas thing for various reasons and it’s all good. So often these days it seems that a lot of people are overly sensitive about their brand of political correctness or the lack thereof. As followers of Jesus we should realize that there will often be other brothers and sisters who do not agree with all of our personal convictions about things. This really shouldn’t offend us and we should never behave arrogantly toward one another about these things. Doesn’t the Scripture say that love covers a multitude of sins?
I’m sorry to say that I’ve met a lot of folks in the out-of-church crowd who just seem to have no sense of humor sometimes. It really baffles me. Here we are, supposed to be set free from stuffy, religious pride and legalistic mindsets and yet some of us are worse than those we complain about. Many times we don’t even give each other enough grace to walk in the freedom of Christ themselves without our frequent, guilt-laden and sometimes arrogant commentary. I would never suggest that we should all lay aside our personal convictions and group hug into some kind of false new-age kind of unity, but at the same time we should remember that God’s love makes us free and we should be mature enough to extend grace for one another and trust the Lord enough to lead each one while each of us diligently walk responsibly as the Lord leads each of us. By all means we should pray for each other and, by all means, there should be the freedom to have a conversation… but there should not be any posturing over one another. We really need a sense of humor too and to stop getting offended at every little thing.
So, all of that to say, Merry Christmas or whatever! Whatever each of you believe about whether to celebrate Christmas or not because of some personal conviction, do whatever you do as unto the Lord. I can’t possibly cover every possible range of opinion on the matter, so I’ll just say “whatever” and say it with a smile. I hope each person will set it in their hearts and minds not to act offended towards others who don’t have the same conviction, whatever that conviction may be. In saying Merry Christmas, I’m quite sure that most folks who say that do not intend anyone harm by it (just as I’m sure that those who believe otherwise do not intend ill by their intent to follow their sincere convictions). I’m pretty certain that they’re not trying to cast a spell or prescribe idolatry and mass deception on the masses as some sort of demonic plot. For me, the matter is simple. I love the colorful lights, the trees, the presents, the music, the snow, all of that. I like how people generally treat each other just a little nicer. I like the holiday cheer and to hear people greeting one another with kindness and doing nice things for each other. I like the time spent with family and friends, the laughter, the song, and the light-heartedness. Yep, I even like listening to ol’ Bing Crosby as he sings in tongues (Mele Kalikimaka – hehe). There is also a great deal of nostalgia at this time of year for me. I had some great times with family as a kid and this season brings all those good memories back.
I, of course, also choose to remember the gift of our Savior and what that means for all of us. For me, Christmas time isn’t about Catholic Mass or pagan origins. It’s a happy, joyous time, centered in Christ’s love, the freedom and joy God gives, and the relationships He has allowed us to share with one another. Indeed, as it has often been said, this celebration should not simply be at Christmas time but all year. In fact, the whole message of TruthForFree.com is FREEDOM!!!! I want, more than anything, for Christians to understand that they can be free and allow God’s love and grace to impact their lives all year long. So, my message is consistent… but absolutely I think it’s great to celebrate the freedom that really does exist every day, all year long, for all who can embrace that revelation.
I so much appreciate all of you who have visited my page over the years and those who have contributed articles, comments and encouragement to me and my family. It’s so awesome to be free in the Lord and I am so thankful for the family of God. I pray all of you have a wonderful Holiday season from Christmas through the New Year and beyond! May God richly bless you and continue to lead you after His Truth.
Lots of love this Holiday,
David & Tammy