The Matter of Christmas

What is your view on Christmas or other holidays such as Easter? Personally, I don’t have a “stand” as in I am for it or against it. I am for Christ, and I hope that my love for Christ remains the fullest everyday, be it on Christmas Day or not. One thing I am sure, however, is that I am disappointed whenever “Christians” use this matter to stir up division. Be it the political-agenda-driven chanting the absurd slogan of  “bring Christ back in Christmas” or those who don’t celebrate Christmas mocking other believers who celebrate this “pagan” holiday, it is equally discouraging. Participating or not in Christmas celebrations does not determine whether one is a Christian or not, nor does it reflect one’s quality of faith. Using this matter to look down on other brothers or sisters, though, tells people a lot of about your own walk with Jesus Christ.

“He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” (Romans 14:6). Perhaps Christmas does have a pagan origin, but if this day can be sanctified and used for His kingdom, let it be done with His blessings. Consider our modern language which also has pagan roots: for example, most of our days of the week grew out of pagan names. For example, “Sunday” comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning “sun’s day”: the name of a pagan Roman holiday; “Monday” comes from the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, “the moon’s day”. “Tuesday” was named after the Norse god Tyr. To stop using such words because of its pagan roots would be difficult. Our celebrations of birthdays, weddings, and Valentine’s Day, too, all have pagan roots. I have also seen Christians who are enthusiastic about Chinese New Year, which is essentially filled with paganism and idol worship, and yet disgusted at Christmas. To me, this is plain hypocrisy.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”(Romans 10:31). In these wonderful celebrations, Christ always renews my excitement and thankfulness for His birth. Praise the Lord for the very mystery of Him emptying Himself to take on the form of humanity.

 

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