It’s apparent this time of year to know that quite a bit of controversy surrounds the celebration of Christmas by Christans. The general debauchery and excesses of parties, as well as the supposed completely pagan origins of the holiday fuel the controversy.
I completely agree that while Christmas should point to the birth of the Son of God, the savior of the world, it’s lost in commercialism and decadence. It’s a sad reality! However I do not fully detach from it. I do not partake in revelry, and this time brings to forethought the savior’s birth, and opportunity to preach the gospel.
If you decide not to celebrate Christmas you do so according to your conscience that is commendable. As Romans 14:22-23 stresses, “whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.”
If you celebrate, focusing on the savior, spreading the gospel, loving and helping others, you do well in the eyes of the Father. If you abstain for conscience sake, still proclaim the gospel, love and help others.
I’ve noticed a level of pride from those who reject Christmas…an inflated ego in believing other believers worship pagan demons in their festivities and gatherings while only they truly follow God’s will. It’s sad, God does not tolerate pride: “God resists the proud,but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). we are to be humble in all we do, and do everything to the glory of God: “For whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. ” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
And as to Christmas and it’s “pagan origins,” so be it…when celebration of the Lord’s advent we do well in redeeming a cursed day to God’s glory. Our God is a God of renewing, of redeeming: of making new. Taking a pagan, day of idolatry and using it to glorify the only Lord is absolutely right!
Whether you choose to celebrate Christmas or not, do it to the glory of God! Preach of Christ’s coming in the flesh nonetheless, doing the work of the our great God and king!