It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap- happiest season of all- Andy Williams
Is it? You tell me. So, soon after the “holiday” that I call the evilest that ever eviled, we are commercially inundated with seasonal cheer. At the local Kroger the Salvation Army santas are ringing their bells, there are stockings, tinsel and garland hung all around the store and associates have holiday smiles plastered on their faces. Let me ask you a question though, what does this season mean to you? When I was growing up my Father did not play that “santa coming down the chimney” stuff lol. He let it be known that it was his hard work that bought our gifts, games and toys! We would have a huge dinner, and the whole extended family would gather at our home to celebrate the season. The memories still make me smile, but I am all grown up now. I want to say that I absolutely love Thanksgiving; it is one day that I enjoy without abandon. Having our family together and cooking lots of food while giving thanks to God for being alive, together and healthy is to be celebrated, in my opinion. Beyond that day I have little use for the holidays, and this too is my opinion and I don’t expect any or everyone to share it. For one thing the word “holiday” itself is ripped from the biblical Holy Days, and this fictional Santa (anagram of Satan, need I say more?) who brings “gifts” to all the “good little girls and boys”….just….no. As for Christmas itself, I do not subscribe to the belief that Jesus was born on Christmas Day, but even for those who do it is no longer Christmas, it’s Xmas; you know because the world cannot have too much Christ in it, right? 🙂
Back to the season, let’s talk about it. Starting at midnight after Thanksgiving we arrive at “Black Friday”; the retailers call it black Friday because it is supposed to be the day that they go from being in the “red” or debt all year to being in the black. Woo hoo for them, but for you? Pressure to conform to friends or family forces you out of the house at 3am to stand in cold lines just to tell them that you snagged that dvd player for $19! Is that not foolishness? Not only that, but have you seen the Walmart and Kmart commercials touting that “Layaway is back!” That’s right, all of you poor saints who cannot put your children’s $1300 in Christmas gifts on your credit card get to make weekly payments until the third week in December so that your beloved can have that coveted item that the Lord wants them to have. The Lord! For a season that is rumored to be all about Him, I don’t see much about Jesus during the season at all. I see greed, excess, anxiety, depression and worry. Those traits don’t encompass the doctrine of Jesus Christ. John told us, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 Jn.1:2).
Aside from the frenzy of shopping, the season also brings out the inner thief in many people. There are those who believe that if they cannot obtain things by legitimate means then they will take it by any means necessary. Have you ever noticed that bank robberies increase during the “season”? Ever notice that retail theft is higher in the months of November-December than any other time during the year, as is identity theft? It seems like the “Most wonderful time of the years” brings out the Most horrible traits in the individuals. But we are supposed to be jolly, right?!? Yes. Let me give you my personal spiritual survival guide for the “season”:
- Make Christ the focus all year round, not just during the 6 weeks leading up to December 25 and the week after.
Oh, are you looking for more? Sorry to disappoint you lol, but that’s it and that’s all. Jesus Christ is more than a silly day. He’s not in or around a box from “Jareds”, and He has little to nothing to do with that brightly wrapped gift. He’s also not really in that cute nativity scene in your neighbor’s yard; I also hate to tell you this but He probably won’t show up at your “Watch Night Celebration” (whatever that means) on December 31st. Despite what people say, Jesus is NOT the reason for the season. Jesus is the reason for everything; He is that I am. The Alpha and Omega. The Beginning and the End. The Way, the Truth and the Life. Stop stressing yourself out over “the season”, and kick man’s tradition out of your home. Jeremiah 10:2-4.
To close, please understand that I am not judging anyone’s celebrations of this season, but we have to be careful of idolatry as God warned us. This time of year was orchestrated by Satan, not God. You only have to look at the facts and not the pageantry of it all to realize the truth. I would love it if you would take time to view this 11 minute video and leave your opinion of it. Or just discuss the text in general. Dissenting opinions are always welcome. 🙂
God bless you,
A Pastor’s Wife