Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Christmas here in the good old U.S. of A. is a strange combination of Christianity, paganism, and good old-fashioned capitalism. Christians try to put Christ back into a Christmas He never instituted while retailers hustle to make as much money as possible from a holiday they are not sure they even want their employees to mention to their customers. Perhaps such ideas were in the thoughts of Ken Wimer (pastor of Grace Church, Shreveport, LA) when he wrote that Christmas "truly becomes a Christ MESS'."

Don't let your holiday become a mess. Celebrate Christ the living Saviour according to His Word, spend quality time with your family, and enjoy the few days off of work.

Merry Christmas and God bless you.


clinch64 said...

hello robert. i find this very interesting. a lot to find out. i was wondering if you could give me directions to the church near ben wheeler. i know you have visited there in the past. do they have services every sunday. take care

neil vaught

R. L. Vaughn said...

I can give directions, but will need to look up some road numbers. There a couple of county roads to deal with. Perhaps we can go together sometime. They meet on 4th Sundays. The pastor preaches at 2 or 3 other churches.

Anonymous said...

How is it that you celebrate Christmas, when it is strictly of pagan origin? If anyone is interested in the truth about Christmas you may email me and I will send you an article proclaiming the truth.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hoyt, I don't disagree with you about the pagan origins, except perhaps the word "strictly". If it were strictly pagan, there would be no mention of Christ, etc., as has been brought in (evidently originally by the Catholic Church). I stand by my statement that our present American Christimas is a strange mixture of Christianity, paganism and capitalism. How you ascertained from my post that I do or do not celebrate Christmas I'm not sure, unless you object to my use of the words "Merry Christmas". But I have no more qualms of saying "Merry Christmas" than I would "Happy New Year" or "Happy Fourth of July". When school let me off work for a week, it was for "Christmas" -- not Hanukkah or Kwanzaa -- whatever Christmas may be in the minds of however many different people. I didn't tell them, "No, I'm going to have to work this week!" I gladly took the time off.