To Christmas or Not to Christmas? – Part 3.B

ADVICE FOR BOTH SIDES

Those who DO esteem the day: be sensitive to your brethren. Don’t flaunt. Don’t send Christmas cards or say “Merry Christmas” to those you know do not celebrate the day. Be low key about it. Don’t make a big deal about it. Be aware that this issue is much a more sensitive issue to others than it is to you. Be aware that some folks see this as unclean. Be careful and sensitive to their views and feelings. They are brethren, beloved of the Lord. They are seeking to honor God in a manner that is pleasing to Him, though different than your practice.

Those who do NOT esteem the day: When December comes, hold your nose and be polite. If it “smells foul” to you, then treat those folks like you would someone who has a foul odor. They may be unaware of the odor… or maybe they even like it. (Some folks like the smell of gasoline; cow manure). You don’t have to like the odor, but you do have to treat the person with respect. Try to ignore what you perceive to be a foul odor and concentrate on that person’s good qualities.

Be nice. (Eph.4:29-32) – Put away all evil speaking speak graciously to edify one another; be kind; be sensitive and tenderhearted. That’s good advice! I thank God that folks here have been nice about this and I am grateful. That is evidence of the power and grace of God.

Don’t try to convert folks to your view. It could become (A) a polarizing issue that brings division to the church, and even divides friends and families. Or it could be used as (B) an opportunity to practice grace and demonstrate the mind of Christ to the glory of God. Choose B!

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