A Holiday Admonition

A Holiday Admonition

‘And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.’-Job 1:5

 

What the patriarch did early in the morning, after the family festivities, it will be well for the believer to do for himself ere he rests tonight. Amid the cheerfulness of household gatherings it is easy to slide into sinful levities, and to forget our avowed character as Christians. It ought not to be so, but so it is, that our days of feasting are very seldom days of sanctified enjoyment, but too frequently degenerate into unhallowed mirth. There is a way of joy as pure and sanctifying as though one bathed in the rivers of Eden: holy gratitude should be quite as purifying an element as grief. Alas! for our poor hearts, that facts prove that the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting. Come, believer, in what have you sinned to-day? Have you been forgetful of your high calling? Have you been even as others in idle words and loose speeches? Then confess the sin, and fly to the sacrifice. The sacrifice sanctifies. The precious blood of the Lamb slain removes the guilt, and purges away the defilement of our sins of ignorance and carelessness. This is the best ending of a Christmas-day-to wash anew in the cleansing fountain. Believer, come to this sacrifice continually; if it be so good to-night, it is good every night. To live at the altar is the privilege of the royal priesthood; to them sin, great as it is, is nevertheless no cause for despair, since they draw near yet again to the sin-atoning victim, and their conscience is purged from dead works.

Gladly I close this festive day,
Grasping the altar’s hallow’d horn;
My slips and faults are washed away,
The Lamb has all my trespass borne.

– Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, December 25th – PM

 

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Church Christmas Dinner

We had our church Christmas dinner following our morning service today. The food was good, and I had some great fellowship with Janice and Brett while we ate. At the end of the dinner we sang “Jingle Bells” and the “Fourteen Days of Christmas.” I don’t know why Christians who are supposedly trying “to keep Christ in Christmas” would keep bringing “Santa Claus” and “Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer” into the picture. It seems to me that Christmas hymns which are beautiful and meaningful would be most appropriate for the occasion – that’s how you’ll “keep Christ in Christmas” instead of singing about fictitious fairy tales.

When I was not a Christian, I used to sing those songs; now I would like to sing hymns that honor and glorify God. Great hymns are edifying as well – you can actually learn some Bible doctrine when you sing good hymns. I realize that it is not sinful to sing these songs, but why not do the┬áBEST thing? It seems that Christians are always asking “what’s wrong with that,” when a better question would be “what’s RIGHT with that?” May God give me grace to always choose that which is better, not just what isn’t a sin.

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