It is mid-December and the holidays are upon us. Preparations have begun. There are party invites to send, dinners to plan, presents to buy, wrappings to tape and tie, decorations to put up, and, most importantly to me, holiday show tickets to purchase…
The Prophet Jeremiah condemned as Pagan the ancient Middle Eastern practice of cutting down trees, bringing them into the home and decorating them. Of course, these were not really Christmas trees, because Jesus was not born until centuries later, and the use of Christmas trees was not introduced for many centuries after his birth. Apparently, in Jeremiah’s time the “heathen” would cut down trees, carve or decorate them in the form of a god or goddess, and overlay it with precious metals. Some Christians currently feel that this Pagan practice was similar enough to our present use of Christmas trees that this passage from Jeremiah can be used to condemn both:
Jeremiah 10:2-4: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (King James Version).
Every holiday season, Christian conservatives moan about a “war on Christmas.” Not surprisingly, this is tied to massive fundraising campaigns.
This is hilarious considering the Christians stole this holiday from the Pagans to begin with. 😉