When I knew I was pregnant, I made a vow to never lie to my child. Therefore yes means yes, no means no, none of that bribery parents do to get a child to do something, no Tooth Fairy, no Father Christmas, no Easter Bunny and no Jesus was born on the 25th December.
For many Christian’s this is like ‘the Emperor’s new clothes’ tale, most of us know this to be an untruth but we don’t want to be the ones to say it, so we blindly follow the masses. However, the same distrust of their parents that later occurs in children who finally realise that there is no Father Christmas, Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny applies to children who later on in life discover that ‘Jesus is not the reason for the season’.
This revelation might not affect some people along their Christian journey but the amount of young people and adult believers who have discussed with me their confusion and distrust of the church because of it is worth addressing. How do we expect to win souls, bring people to salvation and worship God in ‘spirit and truth’ whilst this great white elephant stands in fellowship with us?
“They worship me in vain;their teachings are merely human rules.”
Matt 15:9 (NIV)
The place to start is in the home; the foundation for many of our walks with God begins from our parents. As parents we must recognise that we are Ambassadors of the kingdom to our children. Why are we not equipping them from the start upon a firm foundation? Will it actually harm a child’s relationship with God and the church if they are told from the start? Lies of any magnitude plant seeds of distrust, and then, we wonder why as our children grow some begin to drift away from the church or in adult life struggle in faith.
We need to equip our children so that no seed of doubt about the word can challenge their faith in God. We don’t leave it for Sunday school teaching but teach them at home to experience and understand God for themselves. In this age where information is freely accessible in a manner that has never existed in the history of mankind, we cannot allow our children to enter the world unprepared. We cannot allow our faith to be compromised in the eyes of our children.
When the church chose to adapt pagan practices as a way to maintain and attract believers, it sowed the discord we see in the church today. Christ and the glory of the gospel became entrenched in a power struggle and need to remain relevant in a world that cared less for God and the salvation of humanity.
The seeping of pagan practices into fellowship was warned by Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4 “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” If Paul was around today, he’ll likely post a very scathing blog directed at today’s church to go back to basics and strip itself of many practices.
If celebrating the Lord on the 25th December is something the church wants to do then it must do so honestly and not out of ignorance. This should not affect your faith but rather compel you to pick up your bible and study it.
The truth is that date is a pagan festival celebrating the rebirth of Nimrod. Nimrod, who went from being ‘God ‘s hunter’ into deifying himself and thus began the history of Babylonian practices still evidenced in many of today’s religious and pagan practices.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’
Let us come to God in truth and pass down a tradition of truth worship unto our children. Use this time to teach them and not be afraid to destroy a myth before it destroys them. Teach them his Love, talk to them about Grace and Forgiveness. The truth that matters is Jesus; we do not need to add anything more to his life and the principles he left for us.
It is time for the church to rise. It’s time for people of all nations to come together in ‘one accord’ irrespective of our diversity. This ‘one accord’ is more about respectful homogeneous fellowship than religious uniformity.
We need to do more than read the word but study it, understand its context, not be afraid to discover new information that brings clarity to the scriptures that we are not taught in ‘church’. If we do not understand the scriptures how then can we expect it of our children?
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Deut 6:4-8 (NIV)
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