Letting the Donkey Make an Ass Out of You this Christmas

17 Dec


What animal does the Bible say Mary rode while heading towards Bethlehem?

Easy trivia….but look it up and prove it.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

Are you surprised?  How can the donkey not be there?  That is what we all picture and believe to have happened!

The idea that Mary rode to Bethlehem on a donkey comes from speculation and assumptions.  People do it all the time and it is dangerous.  Consider these thoughts held by many to be true: “God helps those who help themselves”, “wives must obey their husbands”,  and “God will never give us more than we can handle.”

Sure, if Mary didn’t walk she probably rode in on a donkey but we are never told that. We assume that. Assuming anything when it comes to God or the Christian life can be a dangerous thing.

Take heed of what you assume.  Chances are, something, somewhere,  has falsely crept in and it will make an ass of you if you stand dogmatically on it.  Maybe not in the nativity story, but when bigger ideas are wielded as if they were the sword itself it will always cause damage somewhere.  Remember that every time you see a donkey under Mary this season.   Remember to recognize and differentiate between assumption and truth.


Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Spiritual Growth


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2 responses to “Letting the Donkey Make an Ass Out of You this Christmas

  1. Jeff

    December 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Very good. As soon as I read the first question, my thought was, “The Bible doesn’t say Mary rode anything! One of my pet peeves is the last one you mention. People run around saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Baloney!! 😀

  2. Amy Miller

    December 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Beautiful!! So true. I am learning to question every assumption I was raised to “know” – it’s scary at first but that is what true relationship is about. I want to know HIM, not rely on anyone’s interpretation or understanding of Him.


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