(Last Updated On: January 5, 2019)
The above title speaks of Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees as they were trying to trap him with a trick question in Mark 12:13-17. The topic of discussion was whether people should pay taxes. If he had answered “No” or “Yes,” he would have been charged with treason against Rome or his own, the Jews.
What was he saying? To give Caesar his dues/taxes, because the coins bore Caesar’s image. However, they were also expected to give God His due – offering themselves in worship – having been made in the image and likeness of God.
Every year, many are excited about December, citing the usual cliche “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” People seem friendlier, happier, have more money and seem to be on a high. Whatever the reason, everyone is affected in some way.
Stores are filled to capacity as everyone is in a hustle to get (hopefully meaningful) presents for their loved ones. Some go out on a limb to impress while others provoke their friends by having the gall to send an empty card (without money) or a digital greeting (even worse)…I heard you; some nerve, right?
Some save for the entire year so there will be enough funds to “Shop ‘till they drop” (another cliche). They outfit their already well-furnished homes, buy enough food to entertain a drove of wild hogs at a deluxe buffet.
Then, there are those goodly folk ringing bells who put things in perspective by soliciting whatever you can afford (usually, small coins) to share with the less fortunate. Their intentions are noble at any time of the year.
Celebrate, Commemorate or Constrain?
While some ponder if Jesus was born on the December 25th (or even born at all), others believe his birth shouldn’t be a big deal, but rather, his death.
Some have mixed feelings — so though they enjoy the “air” of the season, they tread carefully and observe from a distance. They may choose to commemorate (quietly acknowledge) the occasion instead. Yet, tons of
Then there are the hardliners who don’t associate with Christmas at all but still welcome big bonuses, awards, gifts, and other useful tokens.
Just don’t discuss why they
No Brainers are Us!
Then there are the brains behind the commercial aspect. The engines that turn the wheel of the festivities and turn our brains to mush with tempting deals we
can’t don’t want to refuse. Yes, the abominable adorable merchants who stock up shop, so we can “shop ‘till we drop” or die dead broke (there he goes again with the cliches).
Merchants may not all be in one accord with the “reason for the season” but they will grab hold (by hook or by crook) of any opportunity to tap your pockets dry every time.
They are businessmen/women, who can blame them. Making money is the reason
for the season they exist.
You may now be wondering where is he going with all this.
Happiness is for Sale — The Link Between Money and Happiness
For you skeptics who always equate money with misery, try this. Let’s say you go into work and the boss says, “I have decided to triple your salary, effective now…” Think about it, seriously.
Money is an extension of our lives, the reward for our skills, our aptitude, knowledge. With money we can reach our goals much faster than if we had little resources. The more money we have, the happier we are likely to be for obvious reasons. We can pay our debts, help others and live our dreams. With good
- Again, it’s safe to say the more we have, the happier we are likely to become. When we buy things for our pleasure we are “buying” happiness (though not necessarily joy).
- Another aspect is that most get a kick from giving to others. Admittedly, it feels great to give – and sometimes that awesome feeling nice people (like me) experience when giving, is sweeter than when they receive.
Can this be the reason most of us are in good spirits at this time of year? Because we have more money to “buy” and share “happiness?”
A Reason to Celebrate
If you are like me, you celebrate your birthday because you are grateful to God for life. You are a gift to the world and your birthday is your special day. It wears your name and announces to the world that you have a
Special days of the year include paying tribute to ordinary men and women. We acknowledge them by celebrating their legacy and contribution to mankind.
We understand that everyone will not share a common belief system but since Christmas owns the name of its Lord, let’s celebrate the Reason, significance, and purpose of His birth. Just remember though, He’s not a baby anymore.
The real reason for Christmas competes with many other mainstream alternative symbols for proper recognition, but I am a Merry Christmas and not a “Happy Holidays/Season’s Greetings” kinda guy. I will identify with the “reason for the season” as long as it is called “Christmas.” It bears His name and honor is due.
Whether we identify with Christianity or not, for me, Jesus was born — and this time is used to celebrate Him. It doesn’t matter if this time of year originated with pagan intentions. Here’s why.
To Those Who Don’t Celebrate Because of Pagan Roots.
The days of the week represented pagan gods (Sunday, Monday…) yet we don’t worship a
Once our hearts and motives are true, like the wise men (who said there were 3?) , we will worship and thank God for the reason He came into the world — to save mankind from their sins.
Don’t use his name in vain when you say “Christmas” or give credit to any other. After all, it’s Christmas and we celebrate its King. Give to God what is God’s.
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