When Christmas and other faith based holidays begin to bud in the minds of the ones that celebrate these holidays we see the hearts that has produced the buds.
Behavioral circle of acceptance for anything is on the rise. I am told about “behavioral” of beloved ones that once was not acceptable. I should say not acceptable by Christian standards. I see others’ behavioral patterns as well as my own take a dive.
I have always thought that Christmas was a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and serve as a reminder to look for and anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth. I have believed for years that it should and did draw individuals and families closer to Jesus and the following and obedience to His teachings. I must say naïveté has been my downfall. I have come to understand how easy it is for others to take advantage of one’s naiveté and deep pockets.
Rev 3:7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name…Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”
I love this scripture as it reminds me that God knows at times we may have little strength but still possess the ability to not deny Him. Ephesians 4:17.19, points out to us that we must not live in the futility of our own thinking. We are not to lose our sensitivity and give ourselves over to sensuality and indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” Could losing our sensitivity to behavioral standards of this hour be the hour of trial that has come upon the whole world to test us? It seems these warm fuzzy times of togetherness says zip your lips and let my behavior rule. If you say anything out the circle you go! Fear of losing flies in the face of faith.
What should one do when faced with circumstances that fly within the face of our faith?