Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May Day: A Lesson

The weather is beautiful and I am lured by all of the beautiful pictures of May flowers and May baskets and want to join in celebration, but . . . . .

I must test all things. As innocent as it all may seem, there is usually something underneath that bears revealing.

May Day, like so very many of our holiday celebrations, has its roots in pagan rituals and (without naming them) is something still celebrated by those continuing to practice those ways.

May Day is also a holiday celebrated in Socialist and Communist countries as International Workers' Day or Labour Day, a day of military parades or street protests, depending upon the country.

So yes, while it may seem very innocent and sweet to make a paper May Day basket and fill it with candy and flowers for friends, there is a bigger picture that I do not want to associate with in any way.

Let no man decieve you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. . . . . See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:6-11, 15-17

We MUST walk with our eyes open and train our children to look beyond the surface to the root of all things, whether it be of this world or the Kingdom of God. We are commanded to test all things, to have nothing to do with the fruits of darkness, to love not the world, to follow that which is good. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16

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