New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:25 AM|
I recently saw a post written by a person who had grown up in the church and they were expressing their view on why we should Not celebrate Christmas. The argument was well written and well thought out, and I would readily admit that they had some compelling arguments for why we, as believers today, should not participate in the Christmas Holiday and in my lifetime I have known many believers choose not to participate. The choice not to celebrate Christmas is not something new: the pilgrims and many of our early fathers in this country rejected the holiday. I guess the thing that bothered me the most about the post was the fact that they felt that they had been deceived into believing in something that simply was not true. I must confess that I am sometimes guilty of being so familiar with something that I mistakenly assume that everyone else already knows what I know. When it comes to Christmas I should know better, because there are many cults who love to point out to people that they have not been told the truth about things like Christmas and Easter in order to manipulate people into believing their false teaching.
First, it is true that we do not know what day Jesus was born on and in all probability it was not December the 25th. It is true that the holiday that we celebrate was begun by the Catholic Church and was truly a renaming and a Christianizing of an old pagan holiday. It is true that much of what we see with regards to decorations and traditions have their roots back in those old pagan holidays. And, yes it is true that for most people today’s celebration has far more to do with make-believe, decorations, sales and marketing than it has to do with the birth of Christ, yet I for one, will continue to celebrate it.
No, I’m not Catholic and I have never participated in a Catholic Mass, but I am a follower of Jesus and I want the world to know about Him. No, we don’t know when He was born, but the fact remains that God the Father sent His One and Only Son into the world to be born of a woman so that He (Jesus) could be the Savior of the World. The Incarnation is one of the greatest events in human history and that is worth celebrating. No, we are not commanded to do so, I simply choose to.
Yes, there are many pagan roots in the celebration of Christmas, but for the vast majority of people these roots, (or symbols) have lost all their original meanings.
Now, if things were different, if there were Pagan Temples on every corner, and the people who went to those Temples were still using pagan symbols within their religious celebrations, then I would probably have a very different view, but in today’s society there is far more worship of fame and wealth, of entertainment and pleasure, of success and popularity and yes, even houses and cars than the long forgotten pagan rituals of old. Yes, there is always a danger, and it is far too common for the “world” to make it’s way into the church, but this is, if we choose to use it, one opportunity for the Church to make its way into the world.
Verses to consider: Romans 14:4-6 (see whole chapter), 1 Corinthians 8; Colossians 2:16-23 ..............................................................................................................Pastor Tim
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