The Matter of Christmas

It’s the time of the year again…where Christmas becomes a topic that manifests our self-righteousness in the name of well-meaning conviction.

On one side is a group chanting to the “secular world” that we need to “bring Christ back to Christmas”. On the other is a group mocking other brothers and sisters who celebrate this “pagan” holiday.

I have never understood why participating in Christmas celebrations or not can be used among believers as a measurement of one’s standing or quality of faith. Using this matter to look down on others, though, tells the world a lot of about our 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.

Many words we use in our modern language also have pagan roots. “Sunday”, for example, comes from the Latin dies solis which means “sun’s day”, a pagan Roman holiday. 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 seen Christians who are enthusiastic about Chinese New Year (which is essentially filled with paganism and idol worship) and yet show disgust towards Christians who celebrate at Christmas. Isn’t this a little bit hypocritical?

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”(Romans 10:31). A Christ-centered celebration always renews my appreciation for His birth, death, and resurrection. If we are for Christ and one another, we will realize we do not need to be for Christmas or against Christmas. Praise Him who emptied Himself to take on the form of humanity for us!

 

 

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