For many, December becomes a time where the worst in us comes out, even though our intentions may be good. We would like to encourage you in several areas at this time of year.
First, do not beat people up with the ‘truth’ about how everything they do with Christmas is ‘pagan.’ For those of us who can be honest with ourselves, it is clear that beating people up isn’t an effective means to reaching them. Everyone of us needs to check ourselves and ask what our motivation is when we share what we believe to be true. Are we doing so out of anger? If so, just stop before you cause more damage.
Second, instead of sharing the ‘truth’ about how this or that is ‘pagan,’ take time to investigate those claims that are readily passed around and accepted as the gospel truth. We are talking about many of the same claims which many of us have believed and not done any of our own research on. And by research we don’t mean googling the info and finding several other articles that say the same thing. We mean investigating the claims as to whether they are firmly seated in verifiable facts. There is a wealth of scholarly information at our fingertips online where sources and claims are documented and based in reality and not speculation.
Sadly, much of what is passed around regarding the ‘evils’ of Christmas (and many other things for that matter) is hyper sensationalized or outright made up. Just because a ministry puts out information that is exactly what another ministry is saying doesn’t make it true. So, before you share that next anti-Christmas meme, consider waiting. Take time to research the claims to determine if they are historically and biblically accurate.
We need to realize that when we share ‘truth’ without making sure what we are saying is actually truth, then it has the potential to ruin our credibility in the eyes of those we are trying to reach. It is ironic that for a movement (for lack of a better term) that prides itself on discovering the truth and shedding the ‘lies,’ that we’ve unknowingly accepted a different set of half-truths or outright lies. In this instance we are referring here to the origins of holidays. We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve passed around meme’s and shared ‘truth’ that was actually sensationalism, out of context, and not based on fact. We regret this and realize that zeal, if coupled with inaccuracies (and if it lacks humility and love), can cause issues. We move forward however. We strive to be stewards of the breath our King has given us, so that what we say is truth.
So, this December, may we stick to what is true. May we speak of the Love of our Messiah, Yeshua. May we communicate the reality of what He not only Has done, but will still yet do. May we love those whom we pray for and pray for those we love. May we treat others how we want to be treated. In doing so we will shine the Light of Messiah Yeshua in our world.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
– Paul, Philippians 4:8
If you’re wondering if we are telling you to celebrate Christmas, we are not. We are interested in making sure that we aren’t communicating falsehoods in order to promote an agenda.