Sunday, October 27, 2019

Daily Devotion: Secular Humanism and Holidays

Bible Reading: Galatians 4:1-10

Key Verse: Verse 10 – “Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Key Words: Ye observe days

All Americans enjoy a wide variety of National holidays, and then various cultural subgroups have their own small collection of holidays which have special importance to that particular group. This is a list of holidays important and relevant to Humanism:
  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • February 12 – Darwin’s Birthday. A celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose discoveries and writings became the driving force for modern biological sciences.
  • March 21 – Vernal Equinox. Equal days and nights. Also known as Earth Day, it falls within a larger celebration known as World Humanist Week. It is a general celebration of the “rebirth”, or the beginning of Spring
  • 1st Thursday in May – National Day of Reason. A time to reflect on acquired knowledge, the scientific method, logic in general, and the use of physical evidence as the ultimate path to truth. An answer to the National Day of Prayer.
  • May 7 - Ten Amendments Day. A celebration of the rights and freedoms granted to all Americans under the Bill of Rights. An answer to the Ten Commandments Day.
  • June 21 – Summer Solstice. A celebration of the geophysical peak which marks the change from increasingly longer days to increasingly shorter days. Also marks the official beginning of Summer.
  • September 21 – Autumnal Equinox. Equal days and nights again. A celebration revolving around the changing season and harvest. A time to begin preparing for winter and thinking about those less fortunate.
  • December 21 – Winter Solstice. A celebration of the geophysical valley which marks the change from increasingly shorter days to increasingly longer days. Also marks the official beginning of Winter.
  • December 23 – Human Light Day. A celebration of humanity which includes things like music, dancing, story telling, candle light events, scientific reflection, readings, social awareness, helping the needy, and community involvement.
I care about Christmas, not for the getting or even for the giving. I love Christmas because it’s a time we celebrate Christ’s birth.

I also love Easter, although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday. I love it because it’s an opportunity to proclaim the truth that Jesus lives to those who only come that one Sunday each year. But in reality, I celebrate the resurrection 365 days a year.

In our text Paul warns us about setting aside special days which gives us some special “spiritual meat.” For example, I don’t go to church on Sundays to gain righteousness; I go because I am righteous.

So when one recognizes a day of reason or a day called Earth Day, does that make them care more for the earth than others? Truth be known…Jesus cares more for the earth than all the secular humanists because the earth is His (Psalm 24:1).

What to do:
✞ Celebrate Jesus’ life, death, burial, and His resurrection…and do it daily.

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