The other day I stumbled upon this article about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas. Many people have argued both sides of this issue. Many will take some Old Testament Scripture of which were directives under the LAW. Are we STILL under the Law?
There is no doubt that satan has take what was once a very humble celebration into a big money making GREEDY idolatrous sinful celebration where the STORY of “Emmanuel, GOD WITH US” is lost. We can absolutely dig up all the pagan roots and slap a scripture on it and say SEE!! Trust me I know, as I was affiliated with Jehovah’s Witnesses for awhile in which I rid my family’s life of EVERYTHING “Pagan” in origin. And while we are at it, if you are against the celebration of the Birth of Christ, the retelling of that story from generation to generation, then you need to ditch Easter, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Secular National Holidays, ALL festivals of the Old Testament and so on. Make no mistake, though, your idols can also be money, cars, homes, vacations and even self.
I have come full circle with all the ideology of the season’s celebrations, and so has my perspective. Do we bow down to “idols” on the one day that is assigned to celebrate the COMING of our Lord and Savior, Emmanuel, GOD WITH US? Any true Christian is fully aware that December 25th is NOT the birth of Jesus. But, it is a SEASON in which everything around us is dying and fading away. The trees wither, the leaves fall, and there stands an evergreen in our midst to remind us that God is always new, ever ALIVE, never dying and fading away, but becomes more beautiful in the cold dark days of winter.
Can the lights on that tree sparkle more brightly than a snow kissed pine that glistens in the rays of the rising of the morning sun? Can any ornaments be as beautiful as cardinals that perch among the pine cones? My husband’s grandmother said that cardinals are red because when they saw the suffering Lamb of God on the Cross that they tried desperately to remove the nails from his hands and feet to free Him and they were covered in His Blood.
Candy canes? Are they a forbidden food on your diet or do they remind you of the Good Shepherd’s hook, white with purity and striped with His blood to redeem you back to His flock?
Are the lights around your home just an attempt to be the “Kranks” on your block or does it fill your heart as a reminder that Jesus is the LIGHT of the world?
Do you tell your children of the best gift that isn’t under the tree? The gift of salvation? The gift of God’s only son as a ransom for your sinful life? Do you share the stories of the birth of Jesus? Do you find joy in helping others and use that opportunity to SERVE and TELL the lost and broken about the hope that was born into this world over 2000 years ago?
Yes, there are many ways to “argue” about the origins of Christmas, but I would argue that there are many MORE ways to use the season to BE THE LIGHT. To let the Light of Jesus shine into the World. To SERVE HIM as the Magi came to Serve the little boy that would be KING OF KINGS, to SAVE His people. Why would we not use this season beyond a Day?
This article has a lot of good points of argument FOR and AGAINST. If you are AGAINST, then you have every right to sit silent through the dark winter months. You can cringe at every Salvation Army volunteer as they say “Merry Christmas”. You can reject the invitations of family and friends. You can condemn the few schools left that still teach our kids about “Christmas”. And since “gift giving” is Idolatrous, I suggest you donate all the money you would have spent to a homeless shelter or children’s hospital…
Christmas. It’s NOT about the day, but it is about the story, the spirit, and a servant’s attitude.
By Catie Gustitus