Celebrating the End of Daylight Savings
Daylight Savings Time and Christianity
How did you celebrate the ending of daylight savings? Me, I cleaned my coffee maker and stayed up an hour later.
Just kidding, I don’t really celebrate daylight savings! Actually that’s how I celebrate the new moon.
On Reformation Day though, I didn’t dress my kids up and run around. Do I care if you did?
My thought is that, as a parent, it’s my job to protect what my kids are exposed to until they’re old enough to do it themselves. You know, ‘whatever is lovely, think on these things’? And I just don’t see how taking them out and exposing them to the neighbors with dripping blood in terrifying costumes and seeing them terrorized is doing that. I never liked to see my children frightened, it made me feel like I wasn’t taking care of my responsibilities.
Is it fun to meet another Christian who doesn’t celebrate Halloween? Sure is — kinda like an instant bond — fist bump.
Do I want to hear them go off on paganism and historical celebrations that aren’t quite relevant? No, I really don’t care, reverse the bond. But, have a great day anyway! I still don’t care.
How about when I meet a Christian who says they do celebrate Halloween? Is it my job to tell them how pagan they are and how they’re being terrible parents? Nope.
Isn’t that how many Christians try to evangelize though? By telling others how bad they are, what they should celebrate, or what they should do?
I’m pretty sure, now I’m just spitballing here, but I’m pretty sure that when Paul said, (and I’m paraphrasing here), that we shouldn’t care what people eat, drink, or celebrate — that what he meant by that was, that it’s not evangelizing.
You’re not going to win any souls for Christ by telling people that everything they do is wrong. Passing out Testamints would do a better job.
And guess what? Here’s my favorite part — it’s not our job to — it’s the Holy Spirit’s job!
Isn’t that so freeing? Just to think it’s not your job to worry about how other people behave - Christian or otherwise?
Telling people about Christ and telling them they should celebrate Christmas are two different things.
Then there are the people who spout about the origins of holidays, most of which have pagan origin. But, the real thing that a person needs to look at is WHY do they celebrate certain holidays.
We know that Christ wasn’t born on December 25, so are we really celebrating his birth? Are we supposed to celebrate his birth? I’m pretty sure that since God didn’t tell us when He was born that we’re really not supposed to.
Does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas? It depends.
You have to ask - WHY are you celebrating Christmas? And are you already honoring Christ in your daily lives? When those questions are answered, through the Holy Spirit, then it’s time to reevaluate. But it’s not MY job, or anyone else’s, to tell you how or what you should do. It’s God’s job, and I like it that way.
So, have fun celebrating, or not. And instead of worrying about what other people are doing - go write something worth reading and be awesome in Christ yourself. Spread the love of Christ through writing.
Have an awesome day with that extra hour!