Scripture Indicates We Should Stop the Debates Surrounding Christmas
Know the original purpose
Christ (the Anointed One)-Mas, (More of in Spanish). Christmas means more of the Anointed One. The name denotes that it is all about Jesus/Yeshua, the Son of the Living God. Over time, however, instead of those who reject Christ choosing to have nothing to do with a holiday in His Name, have chosen to observe the day, leaving Him out of it. it all began because pagans were celebrating the Winter Solstice with drinking and debauchery. The Christians at that time were well-meaning and their hearts were in the right place. They decided to use December 25 as a day to observe the birth of Christ to get people's minds off of drinking, sex orgies, and other activities associated with the Solstice. These believers in Christ never said that December 25 was the date that He was born. Based on Jewish History, Christ was more than likely born somewhere between late spring and early fall because Shepherds would not be in the fields with their sheep in cold weather. This information has caused some modern-day Christians to throw out the baby with the bathwater and determine that Christmas is evil and should be ignored. The Bible does not command us to celebrate Christmas but neither does it say that we must go to church on Sunday. Even so, Sunday is the day that a majority of Christians go to church. Keeping in mind the original purpose of the day, many believers say that it is good to have a special day to share with the world that the Savior was born.
A matter of personal choice.
For those who have confessed with their mouths because they believe in their hearts that Jesus is the Son of God and died for our sins, every day is a day for Christmas, seeking more of Christ. If, however, some desire to use December 25 to put more emphasis on Him, they actually have scripture to back them up. Romans 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person regards a certain day above the others while someone else considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in His own mind. 6He who observes a special day does so to the Lord; he who eats does so to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. Consider the translation in the Contemporary English Bible. Some of the Lord's followers think one day is more important than another. Others think all days are the same. But each of you should make up your own mind. This is what many believers in Christ miss. When it comes to special days, we all have the right to determine personally whether we will go to church on Sunday, another day or not at all. Each person can choose whether or not he or she celebrates Christmas or not, What is important is that whatever we do we do it for the Lord.
Don't judge others
The Message Bible puts it this way. Romans 14:
5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience.
6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. This makes it clear that we should not be fighting with and judging each other because of December 25. Believers should allow each other to make our own decision because we each will be accountable to Him for our own lives.
Each and every believer has the right to choose whether to consider December 25 as just another day or to use it to His glory and emphasize His birth to an unbelieving world. When we look at Christmas today, not much has changed from the day of the pagans. Some companies have office parties where people get drunk and holiday television movies are basically about women getting a boyfriend, engaged, or a spouse for Christmas. There have been movies and television shows made that emphasize murder and death at Christmas and it can be overwhelming. The bottom line is that the secular world is going to do what they are going to do. Retailers will continue making money from the season, but as believers, we must always be mindful of giving Him glory and celebrate Jesus every day whether we esteem Christmas as His day or not. If you don't observe December 25 please do not attack your family and friends who do. If you do celebrate the holiday every year, then be respectful of those who do not. KeepPaul's words in mind and do you.
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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston