Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away, but Christmas is already an overwhelming focus of advertising and discussion in the media.
In light of that, I just read about the Humanist push for godless holidays. Since the word "Christ" is in Christmas and because we celebrate the birth of Christ, I assume that this is one of the Humanist's biggest holidays to protest.
In an article I just saw, it describes Humanism as a philosophy that says people don't need the framework of an organized religion or belief in a supernatural deity to live morally. Humanists believe people should lead their lives in a way that benefits society at large.
That really sounds like a philosophy (using their term) that comes from the mouth of "Christ" Jesus. Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It seems as though the Humanists have stolen a part of the Bible to meet their agenda because that "benefits society at large." I don't hear them say, "Oh, yes, we agree with Jesus on this." No way. There is no room for Jesus in their doctrinal stance.
And, to be truthful, they do have a doctrine of belief. That's what makes a Humanist who he/she is. Without that, it becomes a chaos of thoughts and motives and feelings. There must be a core system, and that becomes doctrine. It is what a person stands for. However, they deny that Christians should have such a doctrinal belief system, because it does not match theirs.
I am trying to understand the word "tolerance" in our society today as well. Most atheists and humanists that gather at conferences seem to be intolerant of the Christian faith. They are perfectly content to tear down the faith systems of those who are believers in Jesus Christ. We as Christians are slammed by atheists if we will not tolerate their ideology. That seems a bit hypocritical, as they are not willing to tolerate our beliefs and convictions as we live them out daily.
The humanist movement also declares that it is perfectly acceptable for their followers to gain adherents and followers. But they will castigate the Christians for "proselytizing" and calling converts to faith. Again, a major hypocrisy in the humanist ideals.
Lastly, to come back around to Thanksgiving and Christmas, why do the Humanists even bother to celebrate the holidays? Why not just ignore them? We as Christians do not celebrate the "holy days" of other faith systems. We are proud to take part in the worship and praise of an annual event to mark a time of remembrance concerning our spiritual heritage. Even when the Israelites made their journeys, they took time to mark the time of such important events as were meaningful for their faith.
We come from the same stock of faith. Therefore, we take time to celebrate because of a holy and loving God who has blessed us and who came in the flesh to save us. Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful times to be reminded of who God is and what he has done.
So, to all who are not of the Christian persuasion, I would laughinly say, "Go, make up your own holiday or time of remembrance or whatever." Why do you insist on making us change ours? Get your own!
I am sad for those who do not have the same hope and joy for their eternity. I want them to know of the love I have experienced. I want them to know the Savior that makes life worth living. I want them to know I love them and challenge them to search diligently for the truth that Scripture gives.
I do not sit on a holy throne with all the knowledge that is necessary for everyone. I only have enough understanding and faith for me. I want others to have it as well.
May you know who God is and how much he blesses you and loves you in this time of Thanksgiving season and then through the wonderful days of the Christmas season.