Your judgement is not needed here.
I would like to continue my little “rant” from a few days ago. Again, please bear with me…
There is a certain crowd out there who apparently believes it is wrong to celebrate Christmas. Why? Because it started off as a pagan or Catholic tradition. Obviously, Christ-“mass” – therefore, sinful. And then there’s the whole Santa Clause ordeal – which I’m not advocating at all. However, to completely not celebrate Christmas at all seems strange to me. I’m not judging you – if that’s what you want to do, that’s fine. But don’t condemn and slam other Christians who do celebrate the birthday of our Savior on December 25th. Yes, we can rejoice in His birth all throughout the year. But – just like Good Friday and Easter – the birth of Christ is nationally recognized on the 25th day of December.
It is possible to celebrate Christmas without celebrating Santa Clause; I would know because that’s how I was raised. One thing you would never find in my parents house during the Christmas season was anything having to do with Santa Clause – not a tree ornament, not a stuffed animal, not a window cling, nothing. The whole reason being that Santa Clause is not the reason for the season. He is nothing more than the easter bunny – a figment of the imagination to threaten children with so they’ll behave.
I came across a certain post were someone had linked to a YouTube video of a group of Christian men playing Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” on their kazoos (and enjoying themselves while doing so, I might add) at their Baptist Church’s Christmas fellowship. The comment he posted with the video said something along the lines of: “Church. Where Christmas is all about the Lord instead of Santa Clause. Not!”
Another issue raised a red flag when I read someone’s post on another person’s Facebook wall. Basically this guy was asking another guy to rip into people (mainly Christians) for shopping on Sundays. *sigh* I understand that Sunday is the Day or Rest – I get that. However, is it really something that we need to “rip” apart fellow Christians over? Believe it or not, some people find shopping to be a rather relaxing past time.
Confession: I tend to do most of my shopping on Sunday afternoons between services because that’s the only time I actually have to do it. So long as people aren’t skipping church to go shopping, I don’t see the problem with it. If you start skipping church over silly, little things just as an excuse to not go to church, then God might actually give you a reason to skip church over – and it’s usually not a good reason.
My last little concern… since when did God give you the ability to discern who is and who is not saved? I mean, because one professing Christian doesn’t agree with your opinion of how old the Mother of Jesus was when she conceived and gave birth to the Christ Child… well, obviously, they must not be saved. Because she wears pants and your wife doesn’t… “she” isn’t saved, but “wife” is. I’m sure that your neighbor down the street isn’t saved because he spikes his hair instead of wearing a comb-over like yourself.
Do you hear how ridiculous that sounds? Do you see how trivial these things are? There are three things that make or break a person’s salvation: Holy Spirit conviction. Sincere repentance. Forgiveness full of grace and mercy. After that, it is the Lord’s faithfulness that seals and keeps us. What you say doesn’t matter. What you think isn’t worth four pennies. How you feel about the matter really isn’t of any concern.
You are not God. Please stop setting yourself up as if you were by proclaiming who is and who is not saved. Stop trying to be His little helper when it comes to discerning the hearts of men… He doesn’t need your help. God sees the hearts of each man and woman. You worry about your own soul, and let God handle the rest of us.
That’s all beside the point – what my rant all really boils down to is this: all these accusations, mini-sermons, or whatever else you want to call them aren’t said (or posted via internet) with any tact, grace, or love. Every one of them have the spirit of division and judgement behind them.
Please, if you feel something is wrong, then pray about it, and confront the issue with some dignity. Yelling and screaming, pointing your finger, or telling people they’re obviously not saved is not the way to go about it. No one is going to listen to you. Even if they don’t walk away or block your future cyber harassment, they won’t “listen” to you – they’ll tune you out and not give a rat’s rear what you have to say. Right or wrong. Show some love; show some grace; treat other people the way you would want them to treat you. After all, as I’ve said before, the object of the Christian life is to serve Christ, point others to Christ, and be Christ-like in all our words and deeds.
Please don’t leave me hate comments with your caps lock on. I just might yell back. 🙂
Oh! and… Merry Christmas.