Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friendship?

On Sunday morning, when my alarm went off, I reset it, because I was so-o tired!  I had hoped to fall back asleep, but it didn't happen.  It seems that once I am awakened, it's difficult to return to sleep.  So be it!  It was my Lord's Day!

Being SONday, I got up and followed my normal routine.  With one exception.  Because I got ready earlier than normal, I found I had time to go to the cemetary on my way to church, instead of after church.

Being the first Sunday of Advent, the first candle was lit.  I love Christmas.  I always have.

It's funny, but there has been on-going discussion on one Facebook (FB) friend's walls, regarding whether or not people should be celebrating Jesus' birth on December 25th.  All people in the discussion claim to be Christian, so on the surface, it seems that we should all be of one opinion.  But, this isn't so.

Some people believe we should not celebrate Jesus' birth December 25th, because it was originally a pagan holiday.  Others believe we should celebrate.

Personally, it doesn't really matter to me which day is chosen, for we do not really know the date Jesus was born.

However, I do feel strongly that we Christians should celebrate Jesus' birth.  Why?  Well, logically speaking, I am grateful along with all born-again Christians, that Jesus fulfilled prophecy and died on the cross at Calvary, for my sin and for the sin of the world, for all who would believe.  I am grateful that God's plan included Jesus being resurrected, for because He was resurrected, we know we have eternal life, simply by trusting in Jesus.

It's for this reason that all born-again Christians are happy to celebrate Easter.  Well, in my mind, if Jesus hadn't come to earth to fulfil God's plan, we wouldn't have salvation, for He would not have died on the cross for you and for me.

So, I believe that we need to celebrate the birth of Christ, for He came to earth in the body of a human, as a baby.  I cannot understand why someone, especially a Christian wouldn't want to celebrate Jesus' birth!  As I said, if He hadn't come to earth, where would we be, now?  Where would we go, for eternity?  We'd all end up in hell.

I am grateful that Jesus came to fulful God's plan for salvation for us.

As I said earlier, some Christians don't believe we should celebrate Jesus' birth.  Does this mean that we shouldn't be friends...on FB?  Or, friends...in real life? 

I believe that it takes all kinds to make a world.  What kind of world would it be, if everyone had the same opinion, if everyone thought the same way? 

In my opinion, it would not only be very boring, but there would be no need for variety.  We'd all eat the same things, dress the same way, speak the same words and basically just be clones of each other.  Boring.

God gave us minds to think with.  He gave us freedom to make choices.  Why would anyone want to break a friendship over a difference of opinion?  It doesn't make sense to me.  But, it happens.

In fact, it happened to me, personally.  Not just on FB, but in real life.  A friend from my childhood not only cancelled friendship with me on FB, but also blocked me on FB and ended a real-life friendship, because we did not share the same opinions.

Not only do I believe this is childish and rather silly, but it goes to show that the person involved is not what they claimed to be.  They claimed to be a non-judgemental person.  Obviously, they are not.

This isn't just my opinion, but God's also.  1 Corinthians 3:3 says it rather plainly, "for you are still carnal.  For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?"  Paul was conveying the point that when we are one in Christ, we are to be spiritually minded, not carnal, in our thinking.  Walking in the spirit, not in the flesh.

Am I angry?  No.  Am I hurt?  Yes.  Will I survive?  Yes.  Am I sad for my friend?  Yes.  Obviously, there must be more to this situation than what it appears on the surface.

I am wondering if this involves unforgiveness, on their part.  I've prayed about this and believe this is true.  Have I forgiven my friend?  Yes.  And, I will continue to pray for them.


Until next time...

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