Happy Holidays from Sam’s Club

Yes, it is only August, but since my employ­er Wal-mart has already felt the need to place Hol­i­day Bar­bie and oth­er sea­son­al toys on the shelf, why not make men­tion of the buzz sur­round­ing Wal-mart’s Sam’s Club chain of stores?

Appar­ent­ly, Sam’s is guilty of using “hol­i­days” instead of “Christ­mas.”

Umm, yay? Per­son­al­ly, I’d opt for “fes­ti­val days” as there isn’t much in the way of holi­ness asso­ci­at­ed with the days in ques­tion. Adding “holy” to the title would seem to make some­thing reli­gious out of it, and any­thing reli­gious that isn’t found with­in Scrip­ture must be def­i­n­i­tion be tra­di­tions of man, which are repeat­ed­ly denounced and which have no place in a sola Scrip­tura belief sys­tem. (There’s a great denom­i­na­tion­al title for ya… Sola Scrip­tur­ists. That’d be the church to join, I tell ya!)

It hon­est­ly escapes me why so many broth­ers want to fight to keep Christ asso­ci­at­ed with a day that He nev­er asso­ci­at­ed Him­self with. Cer­tain­ly, there is no Scrip­ture to defend this tra­di­tion, and yet it seems so much time and effort are spent fight­ing for this non-cause. Why? Are there no more impor­tant things to be work­ing toward?

Look at all the time God spent describ­ing the fes­ti­vals of the Jews, and then look at how much time was spent in the New Tes­ta­ment describ­ing Christ­mas trees, spe­cial East­er ser­vices, gift giv­ing, egg hunts, hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, and so on. List out all the vers­es that describe our Chris­t­ian fes­ti­vals, and you’ll see just how impor­tant they are to God. ;)

I’ve no beef at all with esteem­ing cer­tain days above oth­ers. Go for it. Give gifts, find eggs, dec­o­rate your house, and be joy­ous. But the moment you make some­thing reli­gious out of it, the moment you bring Christ down to the lev­el of the tra­di­tions of man, you are in dan­ger of adding unto the word of God. If mak­ing a reli­gious tra­di­tion out of some­thing as sim­ple as hand wash­ing was rea­son enough for Jesus to rebuke the Phar­isees, you can imag­ine what He’d say to large scale embell­ish­ments like the win­ter and spring festivals.

Thanks for reading.

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