December 16, 2009
Perhaps we need to take a new approach towards Christmas; maybe we need to take Christ out of Christmas:
For the majority of people in [Canada] Christmas is a time for families to get together, exchange presents, eat good food, watch TV (, and argue).
But this is not Christmas. It is a secular Winter Festival. So here is my inclination – Let’s take the ‘Christ’ out of ‘Christmas’ and call it for what it is – Wintermas.
Like Robin says in his blog quoted above, I also have no problems with presents, food family and celebrations. I rather enjoy them actually. So maybe we need to somehow separate Christmas from Wintermas. Let our culture enjoy the festivities of the winter solstice and we believers can add to this our devotion to the birth of Christ.
Why do we try to enforce our beliefs on our culture in some legalistic manner? Is this not contrary to the gospel that has been handed down to us?
So to modify my favorite quote (see my tag-line):
We are not to force our faith on others, we need to live the advent and share in Wintermas!
Lets stop chanting the slogan “Keep Christ in Christmas” and lets start living Christ in Wintermas!
Oh, I have to update this blog with links to another great post on Christmas that I found through eugene cho.
December 8, 2009
In the Christian family itself, … Western Christians plunge into the pagan celebration, spending thousands on themselves and their children. We spend enough on our lights to save thousands upon thousands of lives. But those lives are in the darkness of Advent’s waiting. Our “lights” are nothing more than an extension of that darkness. They have nothing to do with the true light that comes to the world.
The Mood of Advent: We All Need A Savior
Is our society is on the precipice of collapse? I heard that we spend in the 100’s of billions of dollars a year on Christmas. Tis the season to keep our economy afloat! If Christians would get on the Advent Conspiracy bandwagon en mass, it is quite likely that we would hear “Fallen, fallen is [the west] the great.” And “the merchants of the earth [would] weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their products any more – the lights and decorations, the gluttony of food and the extravagance of gifts.”
Revelation 18:2, 11
Don’t listen to the prophets, those decreeing justice for the poor and needy. Rather get out and spend so that the empire will remain. Long live Babylon!
Either that, or come out and separate yourself from that whore Babylon.
Are we going to serve the empire of the world [the western empire] the empire of religion [Christendom], or the empire of God? Its our call.