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We’ve had some precious changes in our household, so I’ve been away! As time allows, I will post.
I was having a conversation recently about some of the most commonly recognized accouterments of Christ-mass, one of those being the reason for Christ-mass lights on houses.
Some of you may be aware, but I went on to explain to my enquirer that waaaaaay back to Babylon (even into ancient Sumeria), the concern about the cold of winter and its effects on crops and growing food was very real. In fact, the fertility of earth and the subsequent urge to appease the sun god each year is entirely what motivated ancient civilizations. Each year they would go through certain rituals and feasts in hopes that they could appease a potentially angry sun god and would eagerly await his re-birth after the winter solstice. This timing was recognized by the Big Dipper, referred to as the “wheel of the year”. Pagan peoples believed the Big Dipper/Wheel of the Year was turned regularly by the mediatrix queen of heaven, referenced in Jeremiah 7 (and now prayed to in Roman Catholic churches the world over also known as Mary). The wheel of the year (the yule) was the inspiration for another infamous symbol- the swastika. We even see the “svasitka” in ancient Buddhism. It was a symbol for the changing of the seasons, rather than for what we now associate it with. One way these civilizations sought to “make the best of it”, was to host large bonfires, in hopes that it would warm the earth so they could grow food.
Fast forward many, many years later, we drive along roads, streets, and drives to the colorful, twinkling parade of miniature “bonfires” affixed to roofs and eaves all around.
My next, somewhat rhetorical, question was: “How many people know that they are simply participating in an ancient ritual to warm the earth for crops by putting up those lights?”
I suspected aloud that they would mumble something to the effect of, “I don’t do it for that reason. They look pretty.”
My audible suspicions continued: They likely wouldn’t care. They likely would dismiss both the interesting historical facts presented as well as the ramifications of a Christian’s participation in pagan rituals and liturgy, just as they do each year when warned against the keeping of the feast of Mithras.
This conversation with myself continued to play out as I imagined the biggest excuse given for the disregard of God’s warnings in Deuteronomy 12:30, as well as other places, besides that they haven’t personally felt “convicted” about it (a common retort I hear), is that their churches and pastors do it, which gives them a sense of comfort and rugged justification.
As with so many topics, people cling to what’s comfortable, to tradition, to experience, to emotion- and they will not hear. I hear in my head Proverbs 20:12: ‘The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” ‘Hearing’ in Hebrew is “shama”, in Greek it is “akouo”. Both mean to hear and obey. It is God who gives us the ability to obey, and not we ourselves.
Moving along, I began to consider the trickery, the circus act, the sorcery that modern churches and pastors have become.
Circus act. Huh.
Just like the Romans always said, “Bread and circus.” If you give the people food and entertainment, they’ll eat out of your hand. You’re at zero risk for one of them even lifting their eyes to look around. And then a song began playing in my head. One that I hadn’t heard in ages- since my days of movie watching. But it seemed relevant. So I went on to play it for my guest and will leave it for you here now.
In light of 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (mythous- myths)”, you will find it summarizes the apostate church today quite well.
“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” – C.H. Spurgeon