Keeping Christ in Christmas

The holiday season is a paradoxical time in the life of a Christian. On one hand, we know Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

So we plaster up nativity scenes, chant, “Keep Christ in Christmas,” and dare someone to attack our, “Merry Christmas,” with, “Happy Holidays.” The notorious battle of semantics.

However, the season itself is characterized by traditions rooted in paganism and exploited by commericialism.

Anywhats.

I spent the holidays with my family. I bought a beautiful King James Bible from a bookstore. I bought my daughter some Christian books. I prayed before every meal.

The perfunctionary meal time prayer and book purchases were the only real indications of my faith during this time. Because my focus wasn’t on Christ. My focus was on Christmas.

On my way back home from visiting my relatives I felt a sense of joy. That God was still with me- even though I took a Christmas vacation from my Christian faith.

As each day passes, I realize that faith is like exercising. It requires a conscious effort. It is active and not passive.

Ultimately, a Christian who isn’t focused on Christ is about as useful as a compass that does not point North.

Keeping Christ in Christmas is all well and good, but my main concern is keeping Christ in my life.

That said…

This concludes my post-Christmas ramblings lol.

*Rae

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24 thoughts on “Keeping Christ in Christmas

  1. Faith is like exercise. That is so true. And your analogy of the compass is right on. I really like this post, Rae and see you continuing to grow in your faith. Good for you. Keep up the good fight.

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  2. I like this post for several reasons:

    1. It reveals your embracing of the truth

    2. In accepting that truth, you expose the fallacy of tradition (though we can and actually need to expose this to its depth)

    3. You challenge many of our long-held belief systems

    4. You demonstrate just how easy it is to lose focus based on the subtle and even not-so-subtle impact of the “holiday.”

    Genesis 3:1 states, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made…” Subtil (or subtle based on current spelling) is the focus here. Pay attention, please, to the fact that the subtle behavior is displayed through the serpent–better known as Satan (Santa). Subtlety.

    Let’s look at one more example. Colossians 2:16 states, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” Please notice the word “holyday.” It appears similar to the word “holiday.” However, just the one-letter difference alters the meanings and consequently presents a different Spirit based upon connotation. Subtlety.

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  3. I am no longer a Christian, but I appreciate this post. It is so true that those who are should focus on their life as a Christian in general rather than making a big scene about it on the holidays. My sister was attacked about saying “happy holidays” to a family one year while she was waitressing and they made a literal scene and denied her a tip simply because of those two words – and made it clear that was the reason. Make no mention of what a good waitress she had been or the fact she would have no idea what religion they adhered to… they clearly were not people that kept Christ in their daily life

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  4. “I spent the holidays with my family. I bought a gorgeous King James Bible from a bookstore. I bought my daughter some Christian books. I prayed before every meal.”

    Well done Rae! You know my preference for the KJV of the Bible as I usually quote from it and consider it to be one of the best translations of the scriptures into English.

    Peace and love to all,

    Dinos

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  5. Fred,
    You are absolutely right about the one letter difference. It’s interesting how what should be a Holyday is just a holiday which loses a lot of it’s meaning. I love how you use the word subtle (subtil) because that’s exactly how something good becomes carnal. With subtlety and time we build up a tolerance to things that shouldn’t be tolerated. Thanks for your perspective and insight. You’ve given me a lot to think on.
    *Rae

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  6. It’s a shame what happened to your sister. I say, “Happy Holidays,” not to deny Christmas but to include New Year’s. Goodwill and kind sentiments should be always be appreciated and not interpretted as an attack on one’s religion. Again, I am truly sorry your relative had such a rough time. Sounds like the ‘Christians’ she was serving had their priorities wrong. 😥

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  7. Dinos,
    I had been meaning to get a KJV for the longest, but it was intimidating because I had never read the Bible in its entirety prior to my NIV Women’s Devotional. But now that I have something of a foundation, I feel like I can read the KJV with a better understanding. Do you have any tips or suggestions on reading and interpretting the KJV since the language is a bit confusing.
    Thanks!
    *Rae

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  8. Hi Rae!

    Here in Cambridge, England, it is late at night (12.20am) as I write. I’ve been pacifying my mother for her sleep so I could not get back to you until now.

    I don’t know how old is your version of your KJ Bible; would you please supply an extract you find particularly confusing? Do any of the words begin with an ‘f’ instead of an ‘s’?

    Below is a link to a glossary of used in KJVs of Bibles which you may find helpful:

    http://www.cnm-vra.com/essays/kjvglossary/

    Peace and love to you Rae,

    Dinos

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  9. Your frank and honest assessment of yourself makes it easier for me to say that my experience of Christmas has been identical to yours down to the last detail. It also reminds me of a pronouncement in Revelations: You are neither hot nor cold. Lukewarm Christians are those, who believe in Christ, but are afraid to share their faith. Happy and Blessed New Year!

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  10. dgshipton says:

    Thanks for being real with your journey of faith. I agree that a follower must exercise regularly in what they claim to follow. Yet, we are still people on a journey working toward the destination. Some people think that a mini vacation from daily routine of faith is bad. Taking a brak can help refocuse us, as we see God working in new ways. The key, like any discipline, is to get back to it.

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