The troubling challenge of being a Christian, studying God’s Word, seeking to be obedient and faithful is what is one to do when God’s truth interrupts your life?

Last year was a huge turning point in my Biblical understanding of Christmas (which is a shortened form of Christ’s Mass). We got through it, made some minor adjustments, tweaked some traditions, had a few conversations with friends, and blogged along through the season.

This year The Pilgrim at DefCon had to challenge the Church and share that his family was not going to participate at all in the bedazzled and spectacular holiday. Read for yourself and do read the on-going comments and discussion.

Here I am — my heart pierced with Truth. The difficulty is almost comical! As my loving sister-in-law and I discuss how we live out this drastic and dramatic change so many questions surfaced. It was quite surprising to learn how many families are already convicted and living as obvious aliens during this time of year.  She and I want and need specifics.

So what does a blogger do? She documents the journey and in this case away from Christ’s Mass. The goal is to gently lead/direct my family’s heart away from heresy towards uncompromising living for Christ. I don’t want to mandate, demand, or belittle but above all else I want them to see the Truth for themselves.

 Here we go —

December 1:  Read at Defending. Contending  A Radical Approach to December 25th: Why we won’t be celebrating Christmas this year.

  • Gathered the unused Christmas Cards and placed in next year’s yard sale box.
  • Question: Do we throw away the Christmas stuff to prevent the lie seeping into the lives of others or sell/give away?
  • Passed the article to my husband and children — thankfully no one thought I was crazy. We are in the midst of negotiations.

December 2: List of questions and items to be addressed:

  • Music
  • Christmas wrap
  • Gift giving
  • Decorations — will show what I am keeping and why and what is being purged
  • How do we handle family gifts this year?
  • Do I return what has already been purchased?
  • Baking
  • Christmas movies
  • Christmas Eve Service

I kept the above words because it is a word found  in Scripture that I love — JOY. It serves as a reminder that my Joy is in the Lord and His love permeates and surrounds my life daily. There are many days that I need to be reminded.

1 Peter 4:1-2 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men , but for the will of God.

 

 

Readers, please comment, specifically explain what your family has done, provide wisdom addressing my questions, encourage and please be gentle as my sin runs deep.

Grant me grace to bear thy will without repining, and delight to be not only chiselled, squared, or fashioned, but separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long, and lift from the quarry to the upper air, where I may be built in Christ for ever. — Valley of Vision, Heart Corruptions

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