Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Zealousness and Christmas Religiosity

Zeal or enthusiasm are votive in our intentional pursuit of God. But where does zealousness and what does the worldly Christmas Spirit have to do with our pursuit of GOD? This is a question that many a Christian has had at Christmas time...

I have searched my bible in earnest trying to find the worldly Christmas Spirit as played out year after year since my birth into this world, my search is in vain for it is not there. No where does the bible say "and each and every year as a remembrance unto the Lord you will spend money to purchase gifts for your loved ones and go into debt to satisfy this festive and spirit of giving as a celebration of the birth of Christ". Should we not as Christians demonstrate the spirit of giving all year long in our intentional pursuit of God?

I will not bother to denounce the Christmas season here with a Bah Humbug, but simply state that rather than celebrate I participate if only to allow a time for gathering and reflecting on the previous year with my family members and close friends. I highly doubt that Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day or that all the religiosity surrounding Christmas is anything of importance to my eternal salvation. Check this website that goes into detail whether a Christian should celebrate Christmas - SHOULD A CHRISTIAN CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

Remember back in Numbers (chapters 11-12) just before the spies are sent into Canaan how the people complained about not having any meat to eat and who would provide them meat to eat. How Moses when confronted with this constant complaining ended up complaining himself to God about why he has to put up with it after all he is not their father etc.

Well the point is that our idea of leadership within the 30,000 plus Christian denominations that exist in this world today was derived from the fact that is is God that grants us his spirit and not men that bestow that privilege upon us. When the seventy elders where called to the tabernacle of meeting two did not show up namely Eldad and Medad. However they where still granted the abilities of God's spirit and they prophesied in the camp.

Joshua immediately asked Moses to forbid them, Moses response is "Oh that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them!"

Christianity today rather than follow the ordination rites explained in Exodus chapters 28-29 in detail instead follow the model desired by Moses in chapter 11 of Numbers. This is a verifiable fact unlike the Christmas season that states that Christ was born on Christmas day and that we decorate a pine tree and have yuletide, mistletoe and the like as Christian rites for every Christian believer and unbeliever alike in the world.

So I leave you all with the priestly blessing that Moses imparted to Aaron and his sons and they imparted to the children of Israel...


The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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