(12/15/2015) African American Christmas?

Posted: December 15, 2015 in America, Amusements, Christmas, Denominations, Feasts and Festivals, Idolatry, Idols, Religious Liberty
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Freedom, idolatry, the celebration of Christmas, and use of the Christmas tree are topics, today.  Cultural arrogance, ethnicity, and racism are vain, and do not nourish the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  For mature Christian believers the birth of Jesus is acknowledged as the fulfillment of prophecy, divine proclamation, and sacred promise, therefore even African American believers count themselves free to celebrate understanding principles for living that come from GOD.  However, for developing believers—those recently born again, or continuing their gradual growth as being in sacred relationship—the observance of Christmas may appear as only a family custom, the expression of popular culture, or merely a longstanding social tradition.  Even so, such features as Santa Claus, fantasy, gift-giving, and folk tales to amuse and entertain do not convey an antichrist spirit as does apostasy, heresy, and slander.  Americans include those having root as Black sons of Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, Germany, and even Great Britain.  Christian worship among those of Black descent in America includes African Methodist Episcopal believers, Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, and Seventh Day Adventists.  Among the true disciples of Jesus, there are many devices, experiences and lessons that are to be used to foster cleansing, growth, healing and perfection.  Consider again the holy writings, and the points shared below:  Psalms 97:  9-12, King James Version (KJV):  9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth:  thou art exalted far above all gods.  10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:  he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  Also, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-12, KJV:  8 Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “yahoosucks” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since August 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does Black America celebrate Christmas when the bible Jeremiah 10:1-5 clearly tells the Israelites not to?

I understand the white edomites breaking GOD’s laws but the blacks who are the Israelite tribe of Judah need to wake up

Update:  To all the dumb edomites, you remember the song “silver & gold” song during Christmas?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.  Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law:  and the people stood in their place.  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our LORD:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  (Nehemiah 8:  5-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“yahoosucks”, Black Americans are now privileged to be in covenant with divinity through the new testament established in the blood of Jesus Christ.  While many accept a heritage as Jews and inclusion within spiritual (not national) Israel, few claim place as “Israelites”.  African Americans have always been a diverse aspect of this New World experiment in democracy and the hope of a homeland that is to be a “melting pot.”  The bias and ignorance that established and maintained chattel slavery of Africans began in Portugal (Europe) 50 years before Columbus sailed.  Africa then (as now) was an entire continent serving as home to multiple cultures, language groups, and those who were grounded as believers in many different systems for spiritual truth.  Black Africans were never all from one tribe, one nation, one region, or one religion.  Many were Islamic believers; some answered forms of shamanism; others had received some instruction in Christianity.  Nevertheless, all were initially dehumanized and maintained as “beasts of burden,” “darkies”, and “niggras”.  In somewhat the same way, Americans whose ancestry and origin are traced to Africa, have developed differently in accordance to the peculiar challenges of life in rural vs. urban settings, status as freeman or slave, East coast vs. the West, and Mid-west vs. Northwest America. 

Today, African Americans practice spiritual disciplines that include Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Scientology.  All do not celebrate the birth of Jesus as the intercession of divinity for the deliverance of Creation from the shackles of sin.  Religious liberty is more than a political slogan in our lives; and, like the right to vote, pertains to the “quality of life” and self-esteem in ways that are fundamental.  The concepts of “equality” and “impartiality” are vital to the ideas of freedom and justice through law that are essential for stable nations.  More than this, commitment, conscience, and sacrifice—what we willingly give our lives to, or give up our lives for—is determined in response to a myriad of life conditions, challenges, goals, and opportunities.

All Black Christians do not acknowledge, praise, and reverence divinity the same way; nor do those who celebrate Christmas all do so the same way.  Blacks also may enjoy a “white Christmas” as do their neighbors across the Nation.  Customs and traditions vary like family life, home ownership, and the goals we set for our children.  As is true for all Christians everywhere, Black Christians vary in their level of knowledge, preparation, skills, and spiritual maturity.  The relationship to Deity through Jesus Christ—one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all—establishes Black Americans and all other Christians as having oneness (unity), rather than sameness.  Within the bounds and limits of new life through rebirth (the “law” some call self-discipline), believers all are free to pursue acquiring sacred knowledge, developing through fellowship with other believers, expressing personal devotion, maintaining sacred practices (we say, sacraments), continuing study of the holy writings, and pursuing congregational worship.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones own spiritual development, here.  (For example, many Black Americans have chosen Christianity as a way to express and satisfy their personal needs for affirmation, direction, and spiritual strength.  However, others accept Christian belief as a matter of their being chosen and put to work as instruments to accomplish divine and eternal purposes that are not their own.  These are in an ongoing process of permanent change and transformation that also alters how they perceive duty, their place in society, and their participation in both secular and religious traditions.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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  1. You write that today, “African Americans practice spiritual disciplines that include Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Scientology” and that not all do “celebrate the birth of Jesus as the intercession of divinity for the deliverance of Creation from the shackles of sin.”

    You also know that “Religious liberty is more than a political slogan in our lives” and “like the right to vote, pertains to the “quality of life” and self-esteem in ways that are fundamental”

    But coming to the “concepts of “equality” and “impartiality”” which “are vital to the ideas of freedom and justice through law that are essential for stable nations” you seem to consider it right and justified for Black Christians to celebrate Christmas a s a high-day in their religion no matter if it does not fit with the Biblical teaching.

    Are blacks also not aware that a Father Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus his birth which took place at October 17, 4 bce, so why celebrating it on December 25th?
    You write “Blacks also may enjoy a “white Christmas” as do their neighbors across the Nation. Customs and traditions vary like family life, home ownership, and the goals we set for our children. As is true for all Christians everywhere, Black Christians vary in their level of knowledge, preparation, skills, and spiritual maturity.” Its it therefre not important for the black religious leaders, the black priests or black preachers to inform their people rightly and to show what is demanded from us by the Word of god?

    Is it not up to the preachers to show those who want to call themselves Christian, that they should follow the teachings fo Jesus Christ and should follow the Word of God and not human traditions?
    God’s Word and God’s Will is much more important than human words and human tradition.

    You mention it yourself: “The relationship to Deity through Jesus Christ—one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all—establishes Black Americans and all other Christians as having oneness (unity), rather than sameness.”

    It is as you yourself indicate “Within the bounds and limits of new life through rebirth” that we should have God His Words inplanted in our mind and that we oursleves want to keep to the “law” “some call self-discipline” you say between brackets, but this is all the matter about becoming a Christian, namely to come to discipline and to follow the words of Christ Jesus and to do like him, not doing our own will but to do the Will of God, which demands some work and endeavour.

    It is true that “believers all are free to pursue acquiring sacred knowledge, developing through fellowship with other believers, expressing personal devotion, maintaining sacred practices (we say, sacraments), continuing study of the holy writings, and pursuing congregational worship” and all Christians should help each other as brother and sister to reach the goal; keeping in accordance to the commandments of God, and this entrials keeping the hands off of all human pagan traditions and heathen festivals, like Halloween, Christmas and the Easter of Christendom.

    • Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you! I may be misunderstanding you. Proverbs 13:10
      Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Surely you must agree that no sweeping generalizations can be made that say “all Belgians”, “all Blacks”, or “all Christian believers” are in this or that condition. You accuse others of being guilty for celebrating the birth of Christ in accordance with their own unmet needs and understandings. Those who want to condemn celebrating the nativity as a sin do not speak in the authority of Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. The benefit you offer by removing Christmas celebration may be appropriate to you own level of preparation and resources, yet still not minister to others.

      • We do not at all condemn people celebrating the birth of Christ but ask them why they do it not on the birthday of Christ and we point out the figures like the elf’s, reindeer and Santa Claus and decorated trees have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Or do you think they have?

      • I betragtning af Fødselskirken er en hellig begivenhed, skal den pågrebet og værdsat i form af sin Ånd, ikke “bogstavet”. (Men hvis du havde vidst, hvad det Ord betyder, ville jeg have barmhjertighed ikke ofre. …) Som med skikke og traditioner, en vilkårlig regel opretholdt inden for en religiøs forsamling kan ikke være passende for dem uden. Sikkert, du forstår, hvor undervisningen kommer primært som fordømmelse og dis-Connect, bærer af “gode nyheder” vises mistænkte.

  2. The nativity is not exactly a sacred event, it is recorded in the annals of the Jewish people and recorded by the gospel writers.

    Long before it happened was written what would going to happen. The Elohim Hashem never gave an indication that people should celebrate that miraculous event, though many other events where clearly subscribed to be part of religious life.

    You wrote in Danish “As with customs and traditions, any rule maintained within a religious body may not be suitable for those without.”
    We do have to remember that God asks his followers not to be of this world. Living in it we must keep ourselves aside form the worldly customs and as such we also have to leave the heathen traditions for what they are. From the Holy scriptures we should come to understand that such heathen actions do not fit the attitude of a Jew, Christian nor Muslim.

    A Christian should be a follower of Christ Jesus and as such should keep to his teachings and to the Law of God. Elfs, Santa Clauses and other attributes like Easter bunnies are an abomination in the eyes of God and therefore we should abstain from them.

    As a carrier of “good news” and ambassadors for Christ we do not appear suspect by pointing out of the danger of ‘belonging to this world’. Out of brotherly love we should warn each other when a person goes wrong or loses the path of righteousness.

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