As I sit here reading a story about a baby Jesus being stolen yet another time from a nativity scene, I am thinking about how many commandments this violates. Obviously stealing, it feels like taking God’s name in vain, but not entirely. Then I think, is it for some pagan ritual? Then it might qualify as worshiping another God.
My thoughts turn some to the other holidays around this time of year. I think of the hubbub of the menorahs and Christmas trees and the airport. I don’t worship my Christmas tree so is it a really a religious symbol? I think of it more as a cultural symbol. It’s not the reason for the season as the saying goes. I could understand a rabbi being upset with a cross hung in the airport, but not a Christmas tree. Then I read this article about the The real story of Seattle’s Christmas trees and find out that he really isn’t upset. The media just took off with it as they have been known to do. I’m fine with holiday menorahs, in fact I often wonder why we as Christians don’t celebrate Hanukah right along with the Jews?
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
Hanukkah is a celebration of Jewish military and spiritual events that aren’t in opposition to Christianity, in fact they predate Christ. Judaism is our ancestry, why not it’s holidays? I think we should all be envious of the super extended holiday season of the Messianic Jews.