Greetings sister saints!
We came into a town today and saw these trucks set up like this, in tribute to mothers day. I'm not sure if you know this but mothers day has pagan origins and just like other man made holidays (such as Christ-mass and Easter for a couple examples) we encourage you to test them to the word of God. You can find that article HERE.
So what do you do if you have been celebrating it all these years and then you learn about it's pagan origins and how it goes against the word of God?
Study the scriptures so you are rooted in truth and then you can do what we did, tell anyone involved that you are going to obey God and not celebrate it any longer. It's a great opportunity to share the gospel with them by explaining that you no longer are participating in the ways of the world and instead have been transformed by the gospel and are now striving to obey God. You can assure them that you still love them and care about them but not just within one day, but every day. Yes, some mothers may be hurt by this but they can repent and you are there to help them, what a glorious gift you can give them...the truth of God's word and the freedom from the world!
What do you do if you share this truth with others and they continue to tell you happy mothers day or give you gifts? (Such as a husband or grown children.) There is grace in the beginning until they understand you really mean what you say but there will come a time where you will have to draw the line and refuse the gifts and although you thank them, you have to stand on God's Word.
Let's look at ONE example:
Say you have grown children and you were born again after they were out of the house. You learn that mother's day is pagan and you inform them in a letter or conversation etc as we spoke of earlier here. (By then you should have already told them about Christ-mass and Easter and all the worldly activities you have forsaken.) Say the first year after you told them, they buy you a gift and give it to you with a hug and a thank you for being their mother. You can receive the gift (spirit of the law vs letter) and then explain to them again that you are taking your faith and obedience seriously. Let them know you appreciate their love but you no longer want any gifts and won't be acknowledging the day. The next year comes around and they do the same, what do you do? You have to draw the line because they've already been told in the beginning, then again when it came around and they 'forgot' or something and now it's going on again. They obviously don't understand and probably won't but that doesn't matter because we don't bend God's Word to suite man. You can thank them for their love but not for the acknowledgement of mother's day and explain to them that transformed people obey God, not man.
Something to think about....if you have someone in your life that does things like that over man made pagan holidays, after you have already told them, I would suggest you prepare ahead of each one. Meaning, you can write a letter, send an email or have a conversation ahead of the day and thank them for respecting you by not participating in that day. That's a gentle reminder of where you stand and if they do it anyway, you can ask them if they (got your letter, email or remembered the conversation you had with them about it.)
No doubt there will be hurt feelings over it (among all the other things) and will most likely cause separation. (There will already be separation from those who claim Christ but are living in sin.) Keep in mind sisters, all this we do is just our reasonable service and nothing more.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Let us godly women be a shining light of truth for those who want to forsake all the ways of the world and strive in the ways of God.
Love to you all,