Jeremiah 10:1-16 speaks of a tree and wicked man making an idol to worship it.
Some say it’s a prophetic word against Christmas trees.
I used to fall for this and then Proverbs 14:15 comes.
We believers (me included), argue about the dumbest things and make up some of the most egregiously stupid sounding spiritual doctrines.
Worship involves bowing or paying ritualistic wicked homage to it.
Anything could quickly become worshipped.
Shoes, clothing, houses, cars, our bodies at the gym mirrors, our workout regiments, eating habits and food, church buildings, where we sit in church in place of importance, church service participation called godliness lacking power, and full of self righteousness, our earthly possessions, money, our job occupations, etc.
That’s why God is worshipped first and alone. But He gives us tools to assist us in worshipping Him.
The Christmas tree is a man made institution. It wasn’t given to us from God to assist us in worship.
If we’re not careful, it’s easy to use this emblem, and shopping gift giving and receiving rituals to replace the real meaning of the birth of Christ.
We all know that the actual date of His birth is questionable at best, but we know that without His birth, His death wouldn’t be possible.
Let’s be brutally honest with ourselves that we’re so silly, stupid, bullheaded, and delirious in our imbecilic arguments.
Yet, God puts up with it because He knows that we just don’t have any kind of sense.
Whether you choose to participate or not in this end of the year ritual, just worship God first, and alone.
People are going to put up Christmas trees and ornaments. Few are deterred.
Also, people unnecessarily go overboard trying to control what others decide to do that have no heaven or hell implications.
Acts 15 is an excellent example of the even keeled approach that the apostles and elders in Jerusalem had when dealing with the doctrine of Moses infiltrating the believers at Antioch.
People are going to do what’s best and good for them. So long as God is worshipped, in spirit and in truth, first and alone.
Some will say that you’ve compromised the Scriptures. You’re giving people permission to worship idols. No. I didn’t. If you would turn down the heat of your self righteous anger and look up when Christmas trees were first introduced.
And then go back to read Jeremiah 10:1-16, and carefully put it into its proper context, you might see things differently. It’s just like arguing about the rapture. Instead of taking a person’s word for it, and completely study the Scriptures, your conclusion will conform to the way God intended you to see the Scriptures.
It’s always in the heat self righteousness, with pride as its foundation that we get things wrong.
Putting up a tree isn’t evil or wicked, so long as you’re not worshipping it.
And, sadly, some people will violate Scripture and do what’s wrong and wicked anyway.