Aaaah yes, Christmas is just around the corner once again. A sticky subject for most. The truth is, it is NOT one of YHWH's commanded Holy Days, and it's stepped in paganism - something He has been commanding we stay away from, since the day He created man and began to provide His "do's and don'ts."
Yet, most of the world ignores that part....
Ever wonder how many Commandments are broken in the month of December alone?
Now that another Christmas is on the horizon, let's count the the number of the Commandments broken in the frenzy to observe this annual ritual:
Here are the 10 Commandments for those who are unfamiliar with them:
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make any graven images.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder/kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet (neighbor's servants, animals, or anything else).
NUMBER ONE: So here we are each December, and the first, and #1, Commandment is "You shall have no other gods before Me".
But, let's be realistic: Which "god" takes precedence over YHWH? "Santa Claus!" EVERYTHING seems to be about Santa and presents and "what I am getting this year." Even the music in department and grocery stores reflects the carnality of the season. You hear can "I'm dreaming of white Christmas"; "I'll be home for Christmas"; "Jingle Bell Rock," and "All I want for Christmas is you!" But not one song about the "baby Jesus" whose birthday we're supposedly celebrating during this man-made holiday....
Very few homes make it all about YHWH or Yeshua! If you don't believe that, then tell me, how do children today learn of YHWH or Yeshua when they are tearing the wrapping of Christmas morning presents from "Santa"? GOD has been relegated to at least 4th place, after Santa, Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa! Does anyone receive a Christmas present from YHWH? Well, of course not! It's from "Santa"....
NUMBER TWO: You shall not make any graven images.
What is a "Manger Scene" with a doll representing the "baby Jesus" if not a graven image?
NUMBER THREE: You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
How is equating the birth of "Jesus" on December 25th NOT taking the name of the Lord in vain? Did "Jesus" come to be remembered only once a year, and only when you received gifts under a tree loaded with lights and decorations? Since Christianity equates "Jesus" with "Lord", how is that NOT taking the Lord's name in vain?
And when you do remember that the purpose of Yeshua (the real name of "Jesus" - a name that in Hebrew menas, "YHWH is Salvation") was to offer himself on your behalf for your SINS, how does that relate to celebrating His birth (at the wrong time of year) with gift giving - to each other? (The three Wise Men didn't give presents to each other; they brought them for the baby Yeshua.)
And how is it that receiving undeserved gifts solely out of obligation (because that's what we do on Christmas) has anything to do with "Jesus" being born and ultimately laying down His life for you so that you might gain eternal life ... if only you would know YHWH and the Messiah (John 17:3)?
NUMBER FOUR: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
What's the busiest shopping day of the Christmas week if not the Sabbath day, the 7th day, Saturday before Christmas when most are off work?
NUMBER FIVE: Honor your father and your mother.
How is this instilled in our children when on Christmas morning, upon receipt of a present the ungrateful child did not desire, he or she proceeds to throw a tantrum completely disrespecting the parents? (And that's just one example.)
NUMBERS 6, 7 AND 8: You shall not murder/kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal.
Okay, here are 3 of the 10 commandments which are not typically broken at "Christmas". Nevertheless, there have been cases of the willful breaking of all 3 at Christmas! People have been murdered for their presents, people have committed adultery upon drinking too much at "Christmas parties"; and Christmas presents have been stolen, so strong is the need to fulfill this horrible annual ritual that some will resort to theft to fulfill the obligation.
NUMBER NINE: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Wow! This is a "biggie"! What can be more false than for us to LIE to our children that there is a "Santa Claus" who will bring them presents, and that he "knows who's been naughty or nice?"
According to Scripture, only GOD knows these things! Not to mention, "Santa" employs magic (something YHWH abhors!) to fly with his reindeer around the world in 24 hours, to shimmy down billions of chimneys and deliver his presents. All LIES we tell our children. Not lying is the essence of this commandment!
NUMBER TEN: You shall not covet (neighbor's servants, animals, or anything else).
How is it that we comply with this commandment when the very reason we will purchase the latest and greatest gizmo for our kids is because we know the neighbor kids will get one or that it's the "in" thing this year? How is that not 'coveting'?
So by my count, 7 out of the 10 Commandments are routinely broken at Christmas every year and, arguably, the remaining 3 (numbers 6-8) are broken by some families!
The bottom line is, Christmas is based on LIES, so, please think long and hard about how it's "fun for the kids" to do Christmas and that it is the "highest holy day of the year" in Christianity. YHWH commands HIS people to come out of paganism....