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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Disappointment With This Christmas Season

I'm normally disappointed with Christmas and the way it's treated, but I've been especially discouraged by the way Christians are beginning to treat Christmas. Christians say Christmas is about Christ but when they talk about how all the children care about when it comes to Christmas are the presents, it's bothersome. And the fact that they cave in and let the kids have all the gifts they want just continues to breed selfish children. The other day I heard a "Christian" song on the radio about how Christmas is about getting stressed out, gifts, praying for parking spaces at the mall, and re-gifting. I was appalled. Who prays for a parking space? How disrespectful and ridiculous is it to pray to God for a parking space when the Christians in Syria are praying for God to stop ISIS? How stupid such a prayer sounds. All of our silly, "Johnny has a cold" prayer requests are outlandish. Well,  since when has a person died from a cold? Barely ever. There's no need to pray for such silly things like that as adults. Christmas is NOT about any of those things either. Our traditions are fun, but they should NEVER take the place of God. It's disgusting to see such rubbish being spread around. Maybe this is why we are in the condition we are today, because we have the blind leading the blind. This rang true when I found out one church allows Santa to come to their church for the children to take pictures with and sit in his lap. Why? Santa has no business being in the house of God. Such disrespect. Leonard Ravenhill was right. If Jesus were here, he wouldn't cleanse the temple, He'd cleanse the pulpit because we've made a mockery of the Church. It's no longer sacred. We let kids run around and chase each other in the church, we let our members eat pizza and drink coke during the sermon, we have fast food facilities in our churches, we have video game consoles too. How could any of this please God?

All of this has been extremely disappointing. As Christians, we've let the world infiltrate our holiday and allowed their secular holiday to become ours. We are to be different. We are to teach our children why we really celebrate Christmas. We are to teach them that gifts don't matter by de-emphasizing them or getting rid of them altogether. Materialism is at the heart of secular Christmas, let's not let that get the best of us. And let's quit mixing the world and Christianity together. The church building is meant to honor God. It replaced the temple after Christ's resurrection. The temple was sacred. It was not to be trifled with. Even Jesus became upset when He saw it used so disrespectfully. Please rethink the things you support being allowed into your church. Would God really be pleased?

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