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Monday, June 25, 2012

Simple Church Minute 305--holidays

When I started this blog, it was to post transcripts of various little commentaries I had written which I entitled, “Simple Church Minute”, focusing on various truths of following Jesus that have gotten to some degree lost over the centuries because they run contrary to operating church as a corporation with buildings, budgets, salaried and titled leaders, etc.  That was basically done in 2010, in a time frame that would fit a two minutes, with the thought being that they were written for Christian radio.   There is only so many ideas that fit that grouping.  From the book I reviewed last week, the author(s?) brought up an idea that I have, in my mind, considered before, but he/she/they developed the thought better than I or anyone else I have read or heard had.  Therefore, this week, I have a new transcript. 

            Just for note, I believe that in recent weeks, actually getting some of these on radio may be coming closer.



            My name is Tom; this is Simple Church Minute.

            Recently, I ran across something about following Jesus that I hadn’t considered before.  I imagine most of us have heard the stand up comic one-liner that goes, “I tried being an atheist, but I gave it up. No holidays.”

            Much of what tradition and our society celebrate is not connected with our faith in Jesus, although much of it has had a nominal Christian sugar coating.  In the Old Testament, part of what was established in the Law were the four festivals, but Acts 15 verses 23 to 29 indicate that they, along with most of the Old Covenant law, doesn’t carry over for we, the New Covenant chosen people.

            In our society in the U.S., holidays like Flag Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Patriot’s Day have a political or social origin.  Christmas came from the Roman pagan holidays of Saturnalia, from December 17 to 24, celebrated with revelry and buying of large amounts of gifts, and December 25, the pagan birthday of the sun.  Easter came from an ancient fertility rite, hence eggs and bunnies as symbols of reproductivity.  Halloween comes from the Druid Day of the Dead.

            Is there a truly Christian holiday?  Yes, there is, but we have been taught by omission to not notice it, and a person who only wishes to be seen by others as a believer, but doesn’t actually want Jesus to be their Lord isn’t going to consider this much to celebrate.  In First Corinthians chapter 5 verses 6 to 8, Paul wrote, Your glorying is not good.  Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you are truly unleavened.  For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

That holiday is today; we celebrate this day by living, by the power of the Holy Spirit, a life of truth.  For the person who has come to follow Jesus, from the moment of receiving Jesus’ salvation, we have entered a spiritual Sabbath rest.  We no longer have to be striving and seeking truth.  As such, we can celebrate each day of this new life by desiring to live to honor Him each and every moment, in honor of the gift He gave us.   

            You can contact me at 757-735-3639 or at I have additional information on this subject on my blog, at the posting of June 25, 2012.

This idea was derived from pages 43-45 and 89-96 of, Right Here Right Now” (this book is available online, at the website mentioned, for free).  Other scripture references that, as a group, back up that this is a proper interpretation of the scripture quoted are Mt. 6:11, 25, 33-34, Lk. 3:23-24, and Gal. 4:9-11.  Also, while not mentioned by the author I am quoting, I would say Heb. 3:13 also bouilds the case for this concept, that every day a believer lives is a true holiday for celebrating what Jesus gave us.

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