From The Spiritual Univirsity of Earth
The Winter solstice, many faiths use this time for celebration. A lot of what we do in the name of Christmas is a holdover from other religions. What dose chopping down a tree, bringing it inside, decorating and placing wrapped gifts under it have to do with our worship of Jesus Christ? Why do people who are rude and generally dislike each other go into debt to “show love” to each other at this time of year, only to have the bill last longer than the love? Why do kids (and some adults) come up with a ‘buy me this, buy me that’ list, then measure how much they are loved by the amount of loot the get for “Christmas”?
December 25th has nothing to due with Christianaty. Religion is man made, and has been twisted so much that fewer and fewer are listening to the message. This is causing a backlash against Christianity to the point that we are not even able to wish someone ‘Merry Christmas’ in fear that they may be offended. As a Christian, I am not offended when I hear of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, so why should a non Christian be offended by my faith? Perhaps it is because they are unable to separate the peaceful message of Christ from the hate filled one of the Fundamentalist churches? There are many paths to spirituality, and any one who through there actions in the name of Religion causes someone to deny God will have a lot to answer for.
Jesus Charist was not born on December 25th. Giving gifts to each other will not buy your way into heaven. Trees are pretty, but Please don’t kill one just to decorate and display it in the name of Jesus. IF you are a Christian, use this day to acknowledge Jesus and strengthen your faith. If you are a non Christian, use this time to strengthen your spirituality. And for all of us, love is not a bad thing to share, but it needs to be done all year, not just for the holidays.
In Peace and Love,
Rev. Scott L Newkirk