Quotes About Christmas
Putting God First
Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
December 12, 2016
#15) “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin’s observation of human nature is so right on. Why is it so easy to keep holidays, but not God’s commandments? There is a verse in the Bible that will bring us more clarity and help us understand why:
Matthew 15:8-9 NKJV ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. (9) And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
Culture has taken the real meaning of Christmas away and made it a commandment of men. Every year that passes, the heart of Christmas gets watered down more and more where it becomes a holiday that man designed instead of remembering the birth of Christ. We sing more “Suzy Snowflake” holiday songs than we do “What Child is This.” We have made Christ become Santa, replaced the cross with a tree, and decorate our houses with lights instead of giving and being light to the world. In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, we are excellent at maintaining man-made holiday traditions, but we have become poor commandment defenders and keepers.
If we are to keep God’s commandments, then there is one commandment which we must keep more than any other.
Mark 12:30 NKJV “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”
As Christmas approaches ever closer, remember this commandment and choose to put God first in each of your Christmas traditions. While it is not wrong to celebrate Christmas and all of the wonderful traditions families have made, let us never forget that Christmas is about Christ, not about Santa.
Love and Peace,