Let The Teachings Of Jesus Guide Us

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063484929929I’m baffled by people who say “we need to keep Christ in Christmas!” — as they put out 8 Santa statues, but none of the Nativity. These same people become apoplectic if the Ten Commandments plaque is removed from a public place.


As our readers know by now, I have a big issue with hypocrisy and that is especially true of Christians who talk-the-talk and then do little else. Sure, they love to tell you what good Christians they are…as they attack people who need public assistance. Yeah, they’re “devout” Christians…as they arrogantly stomp passed the homeless man, yelling at him to “get a job!” And I especially love the “good and descent” Christians who boast that they’re “followers of Jesus!” as they judge and condemn everyone else, all the while their skeletons are literally falling out of their closet due to the sheer numbers.

Please don’t mistake my annoyance for my being judgmental and preachy — if I sound annoyed, its because I am very much annoyed by this hypocrisy. Consider this wise quote:

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”  ― Steve Maraboli

Well put, wouldn’t you say? No one can take Christ out of Christmas, because He is unquestionably, the whole reason for the season. But if we want to put Him back in, then we need to start with ourselves — we can all re-focus Christmas back on Christ, if we actually followed at least some of His teachings, such as:

  • Loving our neighbor as we do our self
  • Having a true faith and not the type we trot out when it makes us look good
  • Truly forgiving others and letting go of anger and bitterness
  • Being charitable by giving to others without expectation of any reward
  • Not judging and condemning others — this one is hard for a lot of people (you know who they are) and the fact is, those judging and condemning, are often more guilty of the sins they accuse others of committing.

The same can be said for removing God from school or the Ten Commandments from a public building — no one can ever remove God from anything and that is especially true for Christians. We are in every sense of the word, a temple and the Kingdom of God is within us. So, only we can remove God and I truly believe that when we consciously twist His Word or when we willingly ignore the teachings of Jesus, we are in effect, doing just that.

I feel strongly that the people wailing about keeping Christ in Christmas and God in our schools, are the very ones that willfully ignore His Word and teachings. One can’t say they want to keep God anyplace, if they don’t even keep Him in their own hearts.

As the Bible teaches us, calm down and don’t fret — God is in complete control and He doesn’t need our help. What I believe He wants from us, is for us to live exactly as Jesus teaches us to live.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” – Psalm 37:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”Psalm 28:7