Contrasting Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know, I don’t think there is a more vivid present day illustration of the differences between the kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God than a comparison of two American celebrations.  Consider the following list:

          Halloween                                             Christmas

  • Darkness                                             Light
  • Taking (trick or treat)                        Giving (gifts to others)
  • Death (tombstones, skeletons)       Life  (Jesus’ birth)
  • Evil                                                       Good
  • Demons                                               Angels
  • Fear                                                      Trust
  • Ugliness (costumes)                           Beauty (trees, lights, etc.)
  • Satan                                                     Jesus
  • Revelry                                                 Worship
  • Discordant sounds                              Music and praise to God
  • Fearsome beasts                                 Little lambs

Can you think of other contrasts?

          On Halloween night, our boys were allowed to dress up as bums (basically adding a little more grime to their dirty play clothes!) and race around to the row homes of Philadelphia and collect an astounding amount of goodies and then make themselves sick for the next few days!  They didn’t care about the dark origins or real meaning of the celebration –  just the candy!

            I’m afraid this is how much of our world views the Christmas Holidays. They are most interested in the economic opportunities from Black Friday through the January sales.  They like to decorate, give gifts, and party, but don’t care much about the real meaning – just ‘grab the goodies and run back to their real world.

What would Jesus say?

                         “Come out from among them and be ye

                           separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what

                           is unclean, and I will receive you.  I will be

                           a Father unto you and you shall be my  sons

                           And daughters,  says the Lord Almighty.

                                             II Cor. 6:17-18

          We need to keep it clear in our own minds, as well as our outward testimony, to which kingdom we belong.