Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
:2 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.
:3 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.
:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
I grew up thinking that these verses were talking about Christmas Trees. They weren't bad, but they weren't goood, either. It was just on the safe side of things to not have one. I don't know anymore, now.
I have no problem with others having trees at Christmas. I think they are beautiful. I have even helped others decorate their trees. We don't have one. Anthony doesn't care weather we have one or not. He thinks on the practical side: why bother with something and spend so much time and effort just to take it all down a few days later. LOL Plus we have no room, so it's easy for me to say we don't have one because we have no room. But, I think part of the reason we don't have a tree at Christmas, is because it would make me feel guilty for going against what , I feel, I was raised to do. I don't necessarily think it's wrong for me to have a tree, I just feel funny thinking of having one.
I think it's the same as the type of clothing I wear. I wore dresses growing up. I never wore anything sleeveless. Now, I do wear pants (not as much as I used to), but I still cannot go out in public in a sleeveles shirt. I feel undresses. lol I wear them at night and sometimes during the day (if I get hot) at home, but NEVER outside my house. I don't think it's wrong, I just feel funny doing it myself. It makes no sense to me, so it probably makes no sense to others, either.
Any thoughts from my readers? I welcome them.
Tomorrow's chapters will be Psalms 42-44.