Peace and blessings to you! Today, I want to tell you about an incident that happened to me recently. I went to buy some stamps at a local grocery store. I handed the cashier the money and she handed me the stamps I had purchased. When I looked at the stamps, to my surprise, they had images of Santa Claus on them. This is October, and Santa Claus stamps are already being sold. Halloween had not even arrived yet, and Christmas commercialism was already starting to rev up! I couldn’t believe it.
I guess after observing the expression on my face, the cashier asked me if I wanted regular stamps, and even though I felt uneasy, I said, “That’s OK,” and proceeded to walk out of the store. I then sensed a growing unrest in my spirit and the Holy Spirit telling me to take the stamps back! I went back to the cashier and told her I would rather have regular stamps. She checked her drawer. She checked another area. She went to the customer service office. They didn’t have any regular stamps!
I calmly told her, “Jesus is the real reason for the season. I don’t want to even promote this.” Then I walked out of the store with the stamps. If I wasn’t pressed for time, I would have asked for my money back. When I got to my car, I decided I would then take the stamps back at a later date to exchange them when the store got more in stock.
You see, I refuse to put Santa stamps on my letters, especially my Christmas cards because I feel that’s a blatant contradiction. I never send Christmas cards out that have Santa on them. My cards must reflect Jesus because He is what the season is really about. Therefore, for me to send out a Jesus card with a Santa stamp goes against my conscience. That’s just my train of thought. It’s not a rule. It’s not in the Bible, so you let the Holy Ghost lead you.
I know you are probably saying, “Why are you making such a big deal over Santa stamps?” Because I am looking at the big picture. My point is that I am so tired of the devil trying to take the focus off of Jesus and His birthday and put it on other things that have nothing to do with what the season is really about. I am currently writing a book entitled Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday which expresses my sentiments about this topic. Therefore, I want to encourage you now, as we approach Advent, to KEEP JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL. During the Thanksgiving holiday, make Him the center. Let’s make Him the center on a daily basis right on up through December and beyond.
Saints, it’s so easy to get caught up in all of the hoopla of the season and forget the baby in the manger who grew up and died on a rugged cross for all of our sins. Jesus said in John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Let’s try our level best to keep the focus on our Lord and Savior so that we can celebrate Jesus’ as He deserves to be celebrated and have the merriest Christmas ever when December 25th finally arrives!
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