Friday, March 29, 2013

My Opinion (For What It's Worth)

March 29, 2013

Only a few more hours till I drive out to West Texas to see my Redneck!!!!!!!! I'm sooooo excited. I have everything arranged, so all I gotta do is wait until my son leaves for his dad's, and I'm OUTTA HERE! Naturally--you won't see me until next week, so I hope ya'll have a good holiday.

Which brings me to....

As ya'll know--today is known as GOOD FRIDAY. It is traditionally the day the Jesus was crucified for our sins. Notice that I said TRADITIONALLY--not historically.

The reason I'm clarifyin' that is because I've read a LOT of posts from folks who think we shouldn't celebrate Easter, Good Friday, Christams, or any other TRADITIONAL 'Christian' holiday. I've also looked at the whole SABBATH issue (should it be Sunday or Saturday?). I'm not out to shake up anybody's belief system--I'm just puttin' my two cents in (and trust me--it's probably worth less than that).

I understand all the arguments for and against these various holidays, I've read all the facts and looked at the possibilities. Then I looked in the Scriptures, and here is what I have found...

Romans 14says;

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.*

(*highlights mine)

So what do we see here? Personally, I see that we all have different ways of showin' our love for God--some of us like to celebrate certain days, others don't. I have several friends who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday. However, we don't judge each other for our differences. I have Christian friends who wouldn't eat pork or get a tattoo to save their lives, while I dig ribs and would love to get a new tattoo someday. We disagree--but we don't judge each other. We are each convinced in what we believe is correct for us as individuals in Christ, but we allow LIBERTY to each other in our differences.

However, this does NOT mean that I have the right to do ANYTHING that is gonna cause someone else to stumble. I may drink a beer--but I wouldn't do it in front of someone who has a problem with alcohol. I eat pork--but would NEVER offer it to a Seventh Day Adventist. I wouldn't bring Christmas gifts to a friend who believes that the holiday is pagan. I have a dear friend who is Mormon--I ain't sendin' her gourmet COFFEE for her birthday!

IT'S ABOUT RESPECT, PEOPLE. Respect for our Christian brothers and sisters, and respect for the Creator Who made them.

And as far as what *I* believe about the whole issue of 'holidays'?

Well, as far as I'm concerned...

Anything that gives me an excuse to celebrate God and His love for me...

I dig it!

But that's just me. You do what is right for you BY FAITH, IN THE LORD.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett


1 comment:

  1. Dear Evelyn,

    Ah, now you spoiled my birthday (I know what I'm not getting)! ;) I think your opinion is right as rain; we get too caught up in judging each other, and not caught up enough in loving each other.

    Blessings to you, and give the Redneck a hug for me.