"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
I’m sure most of us know what Christmas is . . . or think that we do. But I’ve decided to address many of the things that it is not.
Christmas isn’t having family, friends and acquaintances to the house to indulge in a little too much alcohol laden eggnog and open the gifts containing the expected tie and unusual elephant shaped vase.
Christmas isn’t having 50 new toys under the Christmas tree . . . or even one single one, for a bright-eyed, excited four year old.
It’s not even giving to others or volunteering at a homeless shelter to make ourselves feel good. . . . or not so guilty.
It’s not the huge spruce tree erected on the White House lawn because it’s traditional and expected.
It’s not parades with flying Snoopy’s, extravagant floats and a 6 foot Santa Clause, who is expect to be ‘politically correct’ by not tipping the scale at any more than 160 pounds.
It’s not ‘Secret Santa’ at the office party, giving away ‘white elephants gifts ‘ or re-gifting the boorish gifts from last year and hoping no one notices.
It’s not reading “The Night Before Christmas” to a sleepy, but anxious, 5 year old, dying to get his hands on “the big red package, Granny!”.
And it’s definitely NOT government bureaucrats sending out taxpayer funded checks, so the unemployed, underemployed or never- plan- to- be- employed can have a “nice Christmas” paid for by ever working taxpayer in the U.S.A.
It’s not the Salvation Army bell ringer waiting outside the shopping malls to ask for a little of our hard earned money . . . to help someone else.
And it most certainly isn’t the politically correct bore demanding all remnants of ‘Christmas’ be remove from the “public” square and that tree be called a “holiday tree” . . . . if called anything at all!
Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, The Lamb of God, Savior Redeemer, the Prince of Peace Who came as human flesh to be our propitiation, our substitute for sin, so those who believe will have everlasting life. Jesus Who was executed, went to hell and arose again to ascend back to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father.
That’s what it is.
Enjoy all the accoutrement’s, all the decoration, all the gift giving and receiving, all the songs, parades and plays. There is nothing wrong with any of those things . . . . except government taking from some to give to others.
Christmas is simply a time to remember the greatest gift ever given to the mankind. The opportunity to believe, to find trust in the name above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of man, Redeemer our sins, our propitiation and justification before God the Father so that we who believe may enjoy eternity with our Creator.