Kwanzaa is “a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.”
Chanukah is “a lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 bc by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights.”
Christmas is “the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth, held on December 25 in the Western Church:”
Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966. As many of you know, the 60’s were a turbulent time for Blacks in America under Jim Crow laws. Eventually, it was struck down as unconstitutional. But notice that this “Kwanzaa” was dated the day after Christmas.
Some Black folk believe that Christianity and Christmas is the “White man’s” religion, but this statement is full of nonsense.
Christ Jesus was born Jewish. More importantly, the Lord Jesus is the Son of God born of a virgin, sent by God to die for the sins of man. He paid the fine that man is unable to pay. The payment of sin required sinless blood. No other payment is acceptable.
According to 1 John 2:1, the Lord Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The word propitiation means “appeasement.”
The Lord Jesus completely satisfied the just demands of the Holy God and grace has been extended to all man, once man repents and place their full faith on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
Kwanzaa and Chanukah can’t do this.
Many professed believers will say that they see no harm in having cultural heritage and traditional Black values. When you exchange Christ with cultural heritage and traditional values, it’s a problem.
We can’t change or suppress where we came from in the natural, but we must exalt Christ above everything else. But not only exalt Christ above everything else, we must be willing to crucify everything else.
Are we to disregard where we came from and throw away our heritage and traditional values?
But before we get to how Paul dealt with his heritage and traditional values, let’s look at Chanukah.
“Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.”
The Maccabees successfully revolted against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. According to the Talmud, a later text, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.”
Of course, the Maccabee revolt occurred between the OT and NT.
Also this is interesting…..“The name “Hanukkah” derives from the Hebrew verb “חנך”, meaning “to dedicate”. On Hanukkah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple.“
In AD 70, the Second Temple, called Herod’s Temple, was destroyed, fulfilling the Lord Jesus’ prophetic word in Matthew chapter 24.
These two days, Kwanza and Chanukah, doesn’t necessarily validate or substantiate the actual birth date of the Lord Jesus, but the question to ask is, then why Chanukah and hundreds of years later, Kwanza?
We must understand that anytime Christ is mentioned or shows up anywhere, the “antichrist” will show up.
The more that humans are confused about certain things, the better it is to obscure the truth.
Now let’s take a look at what Paul said.
Philippians 3:3-11 (NKJV) “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Look at what Paul said even further.
Romans 9:3-5 (NKJV) “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.”
Accursed from Christ? He meant it.
So if you’re the kind of person that sees no problem with Chanukah and Kwanzaa, look at what Paul gave up to have Christ. To have Christ, one must give up all. If you’re unwilling to give up everything, look at how Christ gave up everything to save you.
Finally, you have Elijah.
If God be God, follow Him. If Baal, follow him.