10 Dec 2011

Improving your behavior with Christmas music

Submitted by theshovel
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[color=blue]Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town![/color]

[color=blue]He's making a list, he's checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town![/color]

[color=blue]He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake.
He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake![/color]

[color=blue]So...You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town.[/color]

Now, I'm sure most of you have heard these lyrics every year since you were born ... and you were probably singing along, yeah? Of course, I imagine that some of you may have already denounced the Christmas facade of Santa Claus. But for just a moment ignore the holly-jolly man in red, and then ask yourself this simple question:
Does my God sound more like the man described by the above lyrics?

Here, let me help you with your evaluation by changing a couple words:

[color=blue]Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Jesus Christ is coming to town![/color]

[color=blue]He's making a list, he's checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Jesus Christ is coming to town![/color]

[color=blue]He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake.
He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake![/color]

[color=blue]So...You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Jesus Christ is coming to town.[/color]

So, what do you think? Is your Jesus more like Santa than Savior? And does the proposition of his coming scare you into adjusting your behavior, or does his nearness bring freedom from the facade of those former fleshly attempts? Maybe we can remove Santa Claus from our vocabulary, but does it make any difference if we still insert him into our Jesus?

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So, does rejoicing in the Lord always demand that we should always have a smile on our faces, or that we should always be happy and in a good mood? Listen along as Adam and Jim dig into the Bible verses that have been used to suggest this unrealistic goal. Our insights on what it means as well as what it doesn't mean to rejoice in the Lord always might surprise you, but more than that, we hope it will encourage you to see Christ in all things.

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Comments

Good one! Enjoyed that! Very thought-provoking this time of year!  :) I would venture to say that while the personality and legal mentality of the holly, jolly man in red may have been incorporated somewhat into the popular perception of the character and mentality of their Jesus, there are others still who would say that it is the other way around … that the character and personality of their Jesus is what has been inserted or incorporated or whatever word you may choose to use, into Santa. Of course, there are many who will say that they have them totally and completely separate in their minds. However, they just may not yet be aware of how similar they view the two in nature and perception, as you originally challenged in your Spoonful above. It is a wonderful challenge of thought to consider!  :) I LOVE how you cut to the bone and marrow of things concerning GOD! It is refreshing and encouraging! Always a fresh breath of Life!  :) I think that every day is HOLY, for we have been given a whole and holy Life that is and comes from the ONE we know as HOLY! :) We have been MADE Holy in Him!  :) Here, there and everywhere we are, everywhere we go, and everywhere we are going to go … we are Holy with the Holy One now and forever more! :) So HAPPY HOLY-DAYS … now and forever more!! :)

I absolutely love this Sher. Adam

I used to celebrate christmas, but after careful research into why christians celebrate this pagan holiday, I quickly stopped this nonsense. Bill.
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Hello Bill, thanks for responding.

I removed the link you added, not because the information was inaccurate, but because I don't want my website associated with a religious system that is more concerned with technicalities. Like I wrote in the Spoonful, there are those who might remove Santa Claus (as well as Christmas and other holidays) from their vocabulary (as well as from their practices and observances) while still retaining the essence of the thing they cast out. I am reminded of the story Jesus told about the man who made a clean sweep of his life after an evil spirit left him. When the evil spirit revisited the man and found his former house unoccupied, clean and orderly, it brought seven of his buddies along with him so that the end result was worse than before. Don't let a religious system cause you to go down that same road.

Jim

Excellent!

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