Coming into the truth is a big change in one’s daily life, but it can be easy to deal with. Now having to deal with the changes of not celebrating any pagan holidays can be a little more difficult, especially when you have grown up with a close knit family. I remember when I was first introduced to the truth and realized I would no longer be attending those family gatherings, it was tough for me. I was able to completely stay away from the location but at midnight I would end up in tears speaking to all my siblings over the phone. Once I accepted the faith and joined True Nation, everything changed, all those emotions were gone. I no longer miss any of that.
With pagan holidays occurring monthly I would like to share a few do’s & don’ts on those days.
1st Thessalonians 5:22; “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
We are not to gather with family members on those days even if it’s because you haven’t seen them in a while. Ask to see them on another day.
DO NOT take any food cooked for a pagan holiday.
DO NOT partake of any holiday luncheons or parties at work.
DO NOT take any gifts even if they are giving them to you a few days before or after.
Remember how Most High feels about those days…
Jeremiah 10:3; “For the customs of the people are vain…”
Amos 5:21-23 “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies, 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them, neither will I regard the peace offering of your fat beasts. 23 take though away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.”
These are just a few ideas on what you can do for a distraction, if it’s your first time in the truth and you’re having a hard time letting go.
1. Have a study session with other congregants.
2. Study your notes from previous classes and precept your bible.
3. Make it a movie night with other congregants, whether it is at home or outdoors.
4. Try making a new dish or dessert.
5. Swap shifts with a coworker. (Some jobs on certain holidays have double pay)
6. Schedule a sewing party.
7. Try learning a new craft.
8. Schedule a playdate with other congregants and their kids.
9. Catch up on your reading.
10. Go in to detail and do your research about whatever holiday you’re refraining from to help you understand why it is wicked.
(you can find the history of a few here http://truenation.org/breakdowns-pdf/)
Lastly for those of us that have been in the truth, remember how you felt coming in and consider opening up your household on those days. Let us be our brothers keeper and be ahead of the game. Why not schedule an event to be on that specific day and help them refrain from temptation.