My recent post on Christmas got an overwhelming response. Over 1000 people saw the post on facebook. It was shared over 20 times. I am grateful for all the comments that were shared. Many of them were in disagreement, but that’s ok, too. I am thankful for opposing arguments that I can check and research. Some people came away from the post clearly deciding that they would continue to keep Christmas. While I firmly believe that Christmas is something that needs to be removed from a believer’s life, I also understand that we are all on a journey. YHVH teaches us different things at different times. He works in the best interest of each individual. I pray that I was a help to someone, providing food for thought, challenging the norm, just as someone did for me seven years ago. It was a difficult post for me to write. It’s hard to share black and white in a gray world. I’m so grateful for a husband and extended family that encouraged me. πŸ™‚

Today, I’d like to share a post that is more the style you have come to expect from me. I’d like to share some practical application to the truths I tried to present in my previous post.

As believers, our journey is twofold. We are called to be separate from the world. We are to remove anything that pertains to other gods. We are to be vigilant to repent of sin in our lives. Just because we have decided to trust the Messiah and obey Him does not mean that we cease to stumble. Removing sin and becoming more holy is a journey, and one which will take more than a lifetime to complete. I believe that removing things like Christmas is part of this journey. We are commanded to serve only YHVH and not serve any other god. If a holiday was created to worship another god, as Christmas was, it cannot be present in our lives as followers of YHVH.

The other part of our journey is to daily walk with our Master and seek to become more like Him. He is a God of righteousness, justice, mercy, truth. There are more commands in Scripture than I can attempt to list here that refer to loving our fellow man. We are to provide for widows, orphans, poor, needy. We are to leave food from our harvest to share with those that have nothing. We are to treat friends and enemies fairly in business. We are to visit those in prison, provide clothes for the naked. We are to offer a drink to our enemies. We are to pray for those that persecute us. We are to share truth with the nations in a way that draws them to YHVH. This is YHVH’s true nature. He wants a people that understand the concept of honor. He wants a people that consistently puts others before themselves. He sacrificed everything when He gave His Son to die in our place. He wants us to have the same self-sacrificing attitude in our daily lives.

When we trust Yeshua the Messiah for our salvation, and enter into a covenant relationship with YHVH, we are agreeing to begin this journey. We are agreeing to repent of and remove sin, and we are agreeing to become more like Him. Both of these elements must be present. We cannot eliminate Christmas, then forget to care for the needy and speak out in judgement towards those that do not act as we do. We cannot work in soup kitchens, yet completely disregard YHVH’s commands against idolatry. We are called to be complete people.

Many people hang onto Christmas because of the “Christmas Spirit.” At what other time of the year do people give to charities, work in soup kitchens, collect coats and mittens for needy children, pack boxes for those less fortunate, and willingly smile at those they pass in the store? These are all good and wonderful things! When we took Christmas out of our family’s life, we still taught our children to love their fellow man. They are eager to share extra clothes and toys with local families in need. They work together to collect money to send to an orphanage in India. They take canned goods to a local women’s shelter. But we do these things all year round. We don’t wait until December to look outside of ourselves.

When we began eliminating paganism from our family life, we did not want to throw out the “weightier matters of the law!” I Corinthians 13 tells us that if we believe all the right things and have incredible faith, but do not show love to our fellow man, then our faith is as useless as a tinkling cymbal. We come across as arrogant, loud and annoying.

So, when we eliminate things like Christmas to remove idolatry, what do we do next?

I pray YHVH’s blessings on you as you walk this journey.

If Christmas is still a part of your life, I pray that you will honestly seek out truth and ask YHVH to show you the way. He wants your whole heart and obedience. I will do my best to help if there is anything you have a question about.

If this is your first year without Christmas, I pray that YHVH gives you bravery, wisdom, and grace in your words and actions. I pray that you will enjoy the peace and freedom that comes with obedience.

If you’ve been at this for awhile, I pray that you will reach out to those around you. Be sure to offer a hand rather than a pointing finger. Lift others up rather than yourself. Never forget how recent it was that you were in the same boat as them.

May YHVH be praised in all that we do!

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3 Responses

  1. HalleluYAH! Well written. I agree wholeheartedly and thank you for your “support” in my walk for the past few years!
    Bless you!

  2. Heidi,

    Great follow up article to your previous article. It’s so good to show people that there are other Biblical, God ordained ways to worship and obey our Heavenly Father while teaching our children and creating memories with our families. Well done!

    Blessings and Shalom
    Jamileh

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