“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”
Obviously, we know these things. We know that Christmas isn’t about going caroling or presents under the tree or Santa Claus. We know this …And yet how often do we get captured or distracted by the lure of Christmas traditions (of the world, of our community, of the church or of our own family) to the point that we miss the substance. The real meat. The core. The reality. The satisfaction. Of Jesus. Jesus’ words to the Pharisees is relevant to me. Paul’s caution to the early church is relevant to me. Maybe they’re relevant to you too.