What would you do Wednesday!
The following scenario takes place during the first week of December which means Christmas is around the corner. A friend called a wanted to come over to discuss Christmas trees. While reading about Christmas trees online, as a Christian, he became uncomfortable with them.
A week later he stops by your house. Since you last talked he has come to the clear conviction that Christmas trees have some sort of pagan origins; therefore Christians should not put them up to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
On your living room floor he notices a box packed with a Christmas tree you pulled out of storage. You explain that you were about to put up the tree later that day with the family.
Immediately, your friend breaks down and begins his plea, “Brother, I know God is convicting me that Christians should not put up Christmas trees. You’re a good friend of mine so I want to share where God has led me on this issue. It is also very important that you understand that if you put up this tree we will not be able to fellowship like we have in the past.”
He then grabs one of your Bibles, opens it, and reads.
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. (1 Corinthians 8:11-13 ESV)
He continues, “In light of the principle of these Scriptures, I’m asking you not to put up your Christmas. I know Christians who have encouraged other Christians to never drink alcohol again so as to not offend or tempt others. So, as a brother in Christ, and as long as we are friends, I ask that you please never put up another Christmas tree.”
What would you do?
- Not put the tree up and talk with him further explaining we have freedom in this area.
- Not put the tree up this year and continue the dialogue.
- Put the tree up pleading with him not to break fellowship.
- Ask him to forever give something up that offends you.
- Tell him he can help with the tree or go home for good.