The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: The Burden That Is Christmas

I am seeing the "holiday festivities" in action. I am hearing the carols announcing "Christmas time."

Thank God it is not as feverish as it used to be in the 50s and 60s as we waited for "father Christmas"! Nevertheless, it is still a great time for many. I direct your thoughts this Christmas time to the word of God as follows:-

Ponder all these worldly activities in contrast to what the Bible says.

Jesus was born King. That day was known and kings and shepherds alike heard of it. Yet that day has been wiped out from the memory of all men! Only God can do that. The issue then is why did He see it fit to wipe the day out of the memory of man if he wanted that day remembered for all times. He says clearly, "the day of death is better than the day of one's birth."

(Ecclesiastes 7:1) So, why pay attention to what is not significant? His own style of birth shows it does not matter where a King is born. So, if you were born in the garden while your mother was weeding the fields, it does not matter.

So, Kingdom people have no regard for their birth. See how true it is that in the Bible wherever birthdays were celebrated we find only the people of the world doing so. It is also very revealing that in both cases recorded as birthday celebrations in the Bible, there was human blood spilt! Pharaoh beheaded his chief baker in the Old Testament and Herod beheaded John the Baptist.

Indeed birthdays were being celebrated at the time of Jesus but not one of the disciples is recorded as having given any significance to anybody's birthday including that of the Lord Himself! Is this not done for us who call ourselves Christians to take note and follow?

Now everyone I have talked to seems to put so much weight on Christmas being a good thing because at least we remember that he was born to save us. Is this not a case of being wise in our own eyes? But what does the Lord Himself say? He set the rules and categorically declared how He should be remembered. "...this do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:15-19).

Can anyone or group of people purport to know better how to remember Him other than in the way He declares it should be done?

And He tells us; "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies....... Take away from me the noise of your songs: for I will not hear the melody of your musical instruments."

God does not tolerate deviations from His word at all. God said to Moses, talk to the rock. Moses in his pride hit the rock! Moses missed reaching the Promised Land because of that. How many continue to miss heaven because of deviations like "Xmas", however well-intentioned?

Yet today, how much has the world influenced what "Christians" do in the make-believe churches of Jesus? We have changed the way He wants us to remember Him by allowing the world to influence our thinking and behaviour! Are we not the salt of the earth and the light of the world? Does darkness illuminate at all? Why are disciples of Jesus not rising up to take the people back to the way it ought to be?

"Look for the old paths and walk therein," He pleads with us.

Someone said to me, but the majority is doing it. Has God become a democrat, therefore ruling by what the majority in their folly deem right? No my friend. He is Lord. So, listen to God, not man.

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