‘three pillars of the American Christmas…. lust’

I, like most of the readers have early childhood memories of our parents flopping us down in the lap of this jolly ole fat man dressed in red attire and black boots, donning snow white hair and a long shaggy beard, and the first words out his mouth is….

“What do you want for Christmas?”

Very few parents have a problem with taking their children, as early as their little minds will remember, and plopping them in the lap of this lie…

the premise that Santa Claus is a man that lives at the North Pole and flies across the entire world on a sleigh driven of rein deer and delivers toys and goodies to children all over the world in one night..

…and the crux of this interaction is the fueling of a spirit and that a spirit of lust.

Now some of the readers may say your opinions are somewhat…

‘coarse and insensitive’

… but if one understands what the scripture teaches us about this lusting spirit, we must admit that the role that it plays in the celebration  of Christmas is probably doing much greater damage than we even realize.

 

1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.

 

1 Peter 2:11

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

 

James 1:13-15

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

 

From God’s word we find that the world (kosmo- the organized system headed by Satan that leaves God out and is rival to Him) can only make an offer to ones flesh, and that offering has nothing more than a temporal value. That is why the Apostle Peter exhorts the believer to guard against fleshly lust, for it not only wars against the soul, but it is thereby the avenue where the believer is enticed to sin and when lust has satisfied itself, it brings forth sin, and sin death.

For a good life example of this, we must consider the Israelites after they were led out of the 430 years of bondage in Egypt. The mix multitude that had come out of Egypt fell a lusting and said….

“who shall give us flesh to eat?”

Now a desire to dine upon flesh instead of the loathsome manna that they were left to feed upon was not the problem, it only brought to light the real problem. The spirit of lust had taken them back to Egypt. They were remembering how good it was when they lived in Egypt and the fish, which they did eat freely, the cucumber, the melons, the leeks, the onions and garlic, but had forgotten the slaughter of the male children at the hand of the Pharaoh, and the bitter and hard bondage in mortar and brick and in all manner of services in the field and all their services wherein they made them serve with rigor.

It is a strange thing that they could remember the good things and how calloused their recollection had become to all the bad things. It’s the work of this spirit of lust, yet we encourage it from the time our children begin to walk and talk.

We have all heard the old adage, that ‘experience is the best teacher’. Please consider one that speaks from experience… King Solomon

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11

He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

In essence, we can teach our children to want, to engage in the satisfying of their lust, but the satisfaction never comes. For the more they have the more they want. It is the spirit of Christmas!

malachi

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