ALEGE!!! Mos Craciun, bradul sau Isus Fiul Lui Dumnezeu

 

 

   Traim vremea cind in case in biserici, ieslea cu pruncul Isus sint inlocuite cu Mos Craciun sau Mos Gerila si de bradul frumos impodobit, acesta  fiind  centrul atentiei. Mai mare pret punem pe impodobirea bradului, decit nasterea Domnului Isus.

    Le spunem copiilor daca nu sint cuminti Mos Craciun nu le aduce cadouri. Ce mare neadevar, ce minciuna spusa de noi copiilor nostri care cu toata inima cred ori ce le spunem.

     Le cerem copiilor sa nu minta sa spuna intodeauna adevarul, le spunem ca Dumnezeu a dat o porunca sa nu minti, sa nu fie nimic mai presus ca Dumnezeu, si noi parinti ce facem? exact inversul, exact ce Dumnezeu ne cere sa nu facem.

      Dece in loc de bradul impodobit nu se face o iesle decorate in toate bisericile, in Biblie nu se spune nicaieri despre brad, aceasta este un obicei si o traditie care nu se poate rupe de dragul a nu deranja pe nimeni, sau a nu fi criticati sau a fi considerati prea radicali, sau conservativi, este doar un obicei nevinovat vor spune unii, insa acesta atrage privirea si atentia asupra lui, tocmai ce-a ce displace lui Dumnezeu.

      De cite ori in timpul slujbei privirea noastra este furata de bradul frumos impodobit, si gindul nostru merge in alta parte. Privind la brad sigur nu ne gindim la nasterea Domnului Isus, ne gindim, mai de graba la frumusetea  luminilor, la toate decoratiile puse pe el, si sintem curiosi cine a avut atita imaginatie.

      In schimb daca ar exista un aranjament cu Pruncul Isus in iesle, Maria si Iosiv, pastori si magi, cu siguranta privind acestea, gindul nostru va merge la Bethleem.

      Este Isus centrul sarbatori noastre?, colindul nostru i-L mareste pe Fiul lui Dumnezeu? sau  sarbatorim bradul “o brad frumos”, Mos Craciun-”mos Craciun cu plete dalbe”, alti o preamaresc pe Maria mai mult decit pe Domnul Isus, “ave Maria”, este foarte bine ca Maria sa aiba un loc de cinste dar nici de cum mai sus ca al Domnului Isus. Intilnirile si petrecerile de Craciun aduc cinste Fiului lui Dumnezeu sau ne adunam sa fim impreuna si sa ne simtim bine.

      Haideti dar sa-L onoram si sa-I dam locul de cinste, locul ce I- se cuvine Fiului lui Dumnezeu.

F.B.

THE OLD PATHS – vremurile vechi

I liked the old paths, when    
Moms were at home. 
Dads were at work.    
Brothers went into the army. 
And sisters got married BEFORE having children! 
  
Crime did not pay; 
Hard work did; 
And people knew the difference. 
Moms could cook; 
Dads would work; 
Children would behave. 
  
Husbands were loving; 
Wives were supportive; 
And children were polite. 
  
Women wore the jewelry;    
And Men wore the pants. 
Women looked like ladies; 
Men looked like gentlemen; 
And children looked decent. 
  
People loved the truth, 
And hated a lie; 
They came to church to get IN, 
Not to get OUT! 
  
Hymns sounded Godly; 
Sermons sounded helpful; 
Rejoicing sounded normal; 
And crying sounded sincere. 
  
Cursing was wicked;    
Drugs were for illness; 
And divorce was unthinkable. 
  
The flag was honored; 
 America was beautiful; 
And God was welcome! 
  
We read the Bible in public;    
Prayed in school; 
And preached from house to house 
To be called an American was worth dying for;    
To be called a Christian was worth living for;    
To be called a traitor was a shame! 
  
Preachers preached because they had a message; 
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY! 
Preachers preached from the Bible; 
Singers sang from the heart; 
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED! 
  
A new birth meant a new life; 
Salvation meant a changed life; 
Following Christ led to eternal life. 
  
Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God; 
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord; 
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;   
 And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you! 
  
Laws were based on the Bible; 
Homes read the Bible; 
And churches taught the Bible. 
  
 God was worshiped; 
Christ was exalted;    
And the Holy Spirit was respected.. 
  
Church was where you found Christians 
on the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,    
on the creek bank, on the golf course, 
Or  being entertained somewhere else. 
  
I still like the old paths the best!