Recent news in the media has sparked my interest in trying to discover why “Christians” feel the need to fight such crazy battles. As I sat and pondered the idea, I have come to the conclusion that Christianity has stopped becoming about being Christlike and has become more about religious privilege. What do I mean by that? I mean people are using Christianity as a way to get their own way and to gain some sort of privilege they think they deserve. Why else would we be getting upset over a company having a plain red cup, instead of any such holiday “symbols” on them.
Side note: Christmas is not the birth of Christ, though it is celebrated as such, if you do your study, the holiday does not appear until much later in the church’s history and you will find it is about impossible for Jesus to have been born in December based upon the times which Zacharias would have served in the temple.
So we take really a “non-Christian” holiday and make it one of the most important days of the year. We have not been told to celebrate Christ’s birth, though I think there is nothing wrong with celebrating the fact that our Savior was born, but the emphasis in the New Testament is not on His birth but on His death. Something He has asked us to do, we neglect, the Lord’s supper.
Though I think the actual number of Christians who are offended by this event is very minuscule, this is not the only thing Christians have been upset over the past few years. You see I think it is easier to use Christianity as a crutch to push agendas, celebrate the things we want to celebrate, and have something that eases our consciences at night, rather than to live out a sacrificial life of constantly dying to self and living for Christ. We have many examples of Christ’s disciples trying to get caught up in the everyday affairs of man, for example about paying taxes to Caesar, Jesus’ response was so simple, “pay unto Caesar, what is Caesars” and I will add, then move on and get to what is truly important.
Let’s take Christianity back and remove it from those who would distort it into something it is not. It is not about fighting religious battles and pushing agendas but it is about living a life of serving the King and glorifying God in everything that we do. Paul tells us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. If we begin to look at Christianity a different way, we will begin to be able to pick up our cross and follow the master as He intended it to be.
I want to leave you with a verse that I think has many applications in this area:
3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.-2 Timothy 2:3, 4