THEIR HO HO HOLIDAY

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but it bears repeating.  A few years ago, while on a long drive, my husband and I stopped for a quick lunch.  It was around this time of year, Christmas time. There was an older couple sitting close behind us and I overheard the woman say something like… “it’s their ho ho holiday time.” It grieved me. This is what people see. Ho ho holiday time. It was a grief for us to hear those words.

To associate the name of Jesus with Christmas is an abomination. There is nothing in God’s word about Christmas. God’s word tells us not to mix the holy with the profane. Mixture. Syncretism. Yet we follow the crowd, and the Pastors are leading.

I wonder…

Would we still celebrate Christmas if most of the evangelical Pastors preached against it as an unbiblical Roman Catholic celebration?

Would we still celebrate Christmas if most of our born again brothers and sisters in Christ did not celebrate Christmas?

Should we follow the crowd, right or wrong, and do what everyone else does because they’re doing it in the little sphere of times that we personally happen to be living in? 

The times that we are living in.  This little sphere of time.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Matthew Poole:

They were to be, as ministers ought now to be, apt to teach,1 Timothy  3:2.

Gill:

And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the profane,…

Persons and things; not in a ceremonial, nor merely in a moral, but in an evangelical sense,

between truth and error; 

between the doctrine which is according to godliness, and that which is corrupt and unsound, and eats as cloth a canker; 

between holy worship, and superstition;

between holy duties, and profane and Heathen rites and ceremonies; 

and between persons sanctified by the Spirit and grace of God, and unconverted ones:

and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean; impure persons, doctrines, and manners, and those which are agreeable to the word of God; 

the sense is, that they shall take pains to instruct persons in the knowledge of divine things, and shall do it truly, faithfully, and sincerely.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

MacLaren:

Most of us take our cue from our circumstances, letting them dominate us. 

They tell us that in Nature there is such a thing as protective mimicry, as it is called -animals having the power – some of them to a much larger extent than others – of changing their hues in order to match the gravel of the stream in which they swim or the leaves of the trees on which they feed. 

That is like what a great many of us do. Put us into a place where certain forms of frivolity or vice are common, and we go in for them. Take us away from these and we change our hue to something a little whiter. But all through we never know what it is to put forth a good solid force of resistance and to say, ‘No! I will not!’