There are many families who allow beliefs to keep them apart not only during the holidays but throughout the year and the question really is: what example of Christ are you being to your pagan family by keeping them at bay? Do you honestly think they are going to see the image of a loving God displayed through a religious spirit? Sometimes I think we get too caught up in or maybe have a misunderstanding of the scripture “be ye separate” and interpret it to mean a total avoidance of anyone who does not believe like us. The Corinthians of the day were gathering in pagan temples worshiping other gods and were being called to separate themselves from their own idol worship. It doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and share dinner with your heathen family or friends. After all, even Jesus ate with sinners.
I remember being separated from Christian friends who were like family during my pagan days and can attest the separation only furthered my distance from seeing a loving Jesus. I can also tell you of several pagans I know who began to see God’s transcending love rather than a judgmental spirit when their Christian families opened up their homes and shared their loving hearts.
Part of the songs chorus goes “So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table, Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,” We can certainly find common ground topics of discussion around the table rather than getting into a heated religious debate. “Lighting trees in darkness,” the greatest light is within you which lights the darkness without you speaking a word. For the Christian the hope for peace on earth is through Christ alone but that doesn’t meant it stops when it reaches our loved ones who follow all their gods and goddesses.
We cry peace on earth and goodwill to men but brethren peace begins at our own front door. Praying you pick up the phone… and answer the call.
©By S. A. Tower, 2012