When you carefully look at Matthew 12:1-8 it very clear that Jesus was more interested with the worshipping of the true God irrespective of the day.
No wonder Jesus said in John 4:23” Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks”. Remember the pharisees where on the other side willing to Set aside Gods laws to follow their traditions according to Mark 7:8-9.
According to Romans 1:21-23 The Pharisees knew who God was but still never worshipped him the correct way and for who he is. According to Romans 1:25 They would rather worship the created than the creator
How can you expect to go to heaven without going through Jesus and that is the Pharisees and no wonder they rejected him. That is why Jesus came to bring clarity about many other things including the sabbath Matthew 5:17. No Jesus no worship and eventually no Heaven
According to 1 Corinthians 8:4,8-13 eating meat that has been offered to idols cannot qualify or disqualify me from entering heaven. What we eat or wear can’t affect us it what is coming from inside
According to Galatians 5:13-14 Let our freedom not make us sin for the sake of our brothers. I know in the book of 1 Cor. 10:25 we can eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake. However, Paul goes on to say, “But if anyone says to you, ‘This was offered to idols,’ do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake” (1 Cor. 10:28).
Although there was no sin in taking the actual food into the mouth, if that action made another person think you were worshiping an idol, Paul commands, “do not eat it!” If the food is offered to idols yes it can’t also affect us but let it not offend another weak Christian, who are you in Christ. So, if the family decides to invoke the spirits or do some cultural rituals then be careful and run for your life because you partaker to this and it won’t end well see 1 Kings 22:4-9,12-14,23,29-32.
According to 1 Kings 12:32-33, Just as it was apostasy for the northern kingdom of Israel to establish its own “holy days” it would be apostasy for the church to observe man-made holy days under Christ.
We as Christians know that Heritage Day is celebrated on the 24th September as a south Africans festive day where people eat their traditional dishes and dress as per their culture.
But did you know that Heritage Day was called before Shaka day in remembrance Shaka Zulu(The Zulu king). He was the one who united the Zulu people as a nation. Each year people gather at shaka Zulu’s grave to honor him on the 24th of September.
The 1st time it was celebrated as a national holiday Heritage Day was in 1995.Since by the 7th December 1994 Heritage Day had been gazetted as a south African holiday but the parliament later removed it from the list on national holidays.it was a result of IFP that refused this and after some consultation with parliament it was reinstated back as a holiday. By 2005 it was now called Braai Day(ibraai) to make other cultures to feel included and not only the Zulus.
I Know Everybody belongs to a certain tribe, clan and country and that doesn’t disqualify you from becoming a good Christian.I Know that Peter loved his tradition and that is why he said I won’t eat what is unclean (Acts 10:13-14). Pharisees loved their tradition too and kept it.
The only thing you have to know is that you can’t serve two masters that is the traditional gods we used to serve (Venda people believed in python god to bring rain.) and the one true God.
Remember there is no culture without some form of worship and it’s the form of worship that collides with the Christian religion. In my culture for example if you embraced it and its worship which included sacrifices rich and successful but not without a cost. The draw back was if you failed to do what the spirit told you would die or loss everything, you would end up getting inly one sex either male or female.
On the other side I had my maternal grandfather born in the late 1800s who was a true man of God and I happened to see him pray and all his prayers were answered and his children were blessed so I sat under his teachings and I grew knowing that be careful of the other dark side of culture.
For instance, it was believed if an old person died, he will come back to collect a younger person and that is why a young person died in a short span of time in the families which culture was followed. So, when you attended their funerals, they altered you that they are traditionist so follow what they say or you suffer the consequences.
So, we should be careful how we celebrate these festivals. It’s an opportunity to evangelize to friends, relatives and family.it shouldn’t be the other way round. When we attend their celebrations and even their funerals.
Just like when you slaughter a goat there are certain things that you don’t eat instead you throw them away because they are not made to be eaten, so is the same with our cultures we should know what to keep and what to not. For example, you can’t keep the religious part of our tradition and still be a good Christian.
As for me I can’t associate with my culture in any way because it comes with a form of worship. Even when it come to their dressing traditional clothes it attracted certain spirits to follow you. Because the clothes were worn to appease the spirits and gods.
Don’t light your light and keep under bed they waiting for light-to-light dark. So how can put of your light and join in their dark life style.
We should be like Daniel who told king that let know that worship their Babylon gods can it be said of you and Daniel was willing to die for that. What is you positions.
MTM Church position is:
It’s should be a time to mix with the community and share in braai and so each should bring meat and other foods and share with the community and play Christian music and invite others to the church. Bring jumping cases and let kids play and then share with communities what we have. Invite our families to attend church and hear the short word and celebrate also.