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What is a Holiday?

Websters dictionary gives the following two definitions for the word holiday. A day on which custom or law dictates a cessation of general business activity to celebrate or commemorate a particular event. A religious feast day: HOLY DAY. The Biblical word holy means to be set apart or separated. As we enter the last two months of the year, we will be enjoying the celebration of two particular holidays. To make the most of these opportunities believers need to remember what these two Holy Days are all about, and give proper and pointed attention to the way we celebrate.

The worlds system has altered the view of Thanksgiving by renaming it Turkey Day thus drawing attention away from giving thanks to the Sovereign God who created us, sent His Son to die for us, and takes care of us in abundant fashion year after year. Believers would do well to make sure that we truly make our Thanksgiving observances a God-centered, God-honoring celebration. We have so much to be thankful for that to do less will only cause or thoughts toward Him to fade as we get caught up in the self-focus of pleasing ourselves as we direct our attention on feasts and football. The fact that we as believers have had our sins forgiven, are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, blessed with church families that love God and each other, and have been entrusted with material blessings that are richer than any other generation before us should cause us to direct our thoughts and actions primarily to an outpouring of gratitude to God before, during, and after this special holiday.

As far as Christmas is concerned, it is obvious how Satan has duped the world into, for the most part, ignoring Christ completely. It is up to us as believers to bring the worlds attention back to the Birthday of the King. We need to present a clear picture of Christmas as a God-centered reminder of the truth that God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son. A little bit of Santa Clause and a little bit of Christ is a confusing picture to those who are watching. It is no wonder that we have children in fundamental churches that are confused about what this day is all about. The excuse that they are just kids is a cop-out that will eventually come back to haunt us as we see our children choose the worlds system rather than Gods.

Teach the world and our children that gifts are a picture of Gods greatest gift to us. Show the world through our music that worshipping God is what this day is about, not rocking with jingling bells. Make your special traditions about repeating the joy, awe, and others-mindedness that Christ introduced to us when He became Emmanuel, God with us. A truly Christ-centered Christmas and Thanksgiving season should leave us entering the new year with a renewed sense of praise, peace and determination to be faithful to our Great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.