Hosea 4:6King James Version (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
So often we as a people reject knowledge and truth. Why are we so fixed on wrong and not being able to make a shift even when it is in our best interest to. We are a society rooted in deep tradition that has been built on lies and deception, yet we continue to practice those traditions irregardless if it is false. As a young child I grew up celebrating Christmas as we know it. I had no knowledge of truth. It was rooted in things that were not my true values and I had been lied to by the church, pastors, minister and my family. Some of them did not know truth, but some have known and just choose not to share because it goes against our traditions that we grew up with.
Christmas trees, lights, gifts, what do they all really mean? Have we taken the time to study for ourselves or do we just believe what we have been told. My heart was so hurt when I found out December 25th was not Jesus' Birthday. All these year I was taught wrong. His birthday is in October! We are two months late. If you mention to someone you don't celebrate Christmas, they look at you like you have two heads on your neck. I am all for celebrating with family, spending down time with the ones I love, and giving gifts, but why does it have to be this day that the world deems so we can fatten their pocket and help them come out of the red? Most of the holidays are centered around retail businesses making money. Christmas, Valentine's Day, New Years, Thanksgiving, etc. Who dictates when I do that? I believe we need to know TRUTH and once we have found it, we need to teach it and stop acting like it does not exist. The word says we are supposed to be in the world not of the world.
So when someone says Merry Christmas I respond Happy Holidays, because I believe everyday should be a day we celebrate and be HOLY as we walk out our salvation for those of us who believe in the Messiah and HIS return.
I challenge you to study TRUTH! Then once you have, embrace it and live it! Even if it means you maybe in the minority!