In my last post, I shared some of the pagan roots of Christmas with y’all. Really quickly, I would like to share my heart about this topic before I go any further. I have always loved Christmas. My goal here is not to be a scrooge, or to look down on families who do celebrate Christmas. This is the first year that we plan on not celebrating! The Lord has just laid this so heavily on my heart. If I didn’t share about my findings on Christmas, I think I would be being disobedient to Him.
And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
Everyone will hate you because of me.
When Jesus walked this earth as a man, He gave a warning. Actually, these verses are not so much of a warning as they are a fact. As Christians, we are to expect hate from those who do not know Christ. Jesus’ very name invokes fear and hatred from the ungodly.
From this truth, we can gather that the world will hate Christmas, if it is of Christ. But that isn’t so. Almost the entire world embraces this holiday. They don’t just embrace “the holidays,” but the very word “Christmas”
Some folks might say that the world has distorted Christmas, like it does everything else. “We must take it back!,” they say. I believe that it is something else however.
The world openly celebrates Christmas because it was never of Christ to begin with. Christians, why do we continually try to “take something back” that was never ours. Christmas was of the world from the start.
If the word Christmas, the holiday, Christmas, was of Christ, then the world would hate it.
This thought from A.W. Pink is definitely something to think about.
And WHO is it that celebrates “Christmas?” The whole “civilized world.” Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, join in merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus. Putting it on it’s lowest ground, we would ask, is it fitting that His friends should unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification? Does any true born again soul really think that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world’s joys? Verily, the customs of the people are VAIN; and it is written, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Ex. 23:2).
Friends, it has taken me three years of the Holy Spirit slowly working on me for me to really embrace this fact. Truly. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He is kind, gracious, and has been ever so patient with a sinner like me. I’m ashamed to say this, but the first thought I had when contemplating not celebrating Christmas was, My poor children will miss out on so much fun! I was not thinking about my Savior’s birth. In actuality, we should be thinking on Christ always. No special days of remembrance are needed.
Now on to a few questions.
If the Lord looks at our heart, and knows our heart’s motives, does it really matter if we celebrate or not?
In Deuteronomy 12, the Lord is warning His people about false gods.
…take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods…
Friends, no matter what our intentions, the Lord very clearly states that He does not want to be worshipped in the same manner as pagans have worshipped their gods. When we celebrate Christmas as a holiday (holy day) for Him, what are we doing?
No matter what our heart motives, the Lord wishes to be worshipped in truth.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
We must worship Him in truth. This scripture looks more like a command than a suggestion. Is it true from scripture that Jesus’ “birthday” is December 25th, or is that a human tradition? Even if it was true that our Lord was born on the 25th, is the way we “celebrate” truly worshipful to Him?
Aren’t your children going to be deprived?
This was initially my main concern about not celebrating. When I thought about it further, I realized that I was simply buying into the world’s view of “deprived.” It is so very easy to do! If what we are doing is God’s Will, then there is no way that they can be deprived. I am planning on adding a few gifts to our Thanksgiving celebration since I am so thankful for them. Anything winter related is not off limits, so I will be working on some fun crafts and outside activities!
This season is a wonderful time of giving, regardless of pagan roots and idolatry that we no longer think of today. Why give that up?
Honestly, as Christians, our loved ones and the less fortunate should be on our mind every single day. We should find time throughout the year to be giving. Instead we are taking cues from music, decorations, etc. to make us want to give.
But just as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7
Even the names of the days of the week come from pagan roots and idols. If Christians can call the first day, “Sunday,” then why shouldn’t they celebrate Christmas?
This is very true. However, the days of the week do not have my Lord and Savior’s name attached to them. I believe that the renaming of a pagan/idol worshipping festival with Christ’s name is a major problem.
If the world openly embraces a holiday as good, does that mean it is not of God?
I would say yes. Please reread this post if you do not understand why I say that.
The Bible says, whatever you do, do so for the Lord. As long as we are attributing the day to Him, celebrating is okay, right?
We should attribute all days to Him, including December 25th. However, given the pagan history of the 25th, (remember, prior to the celebration of Christmas, December 25th in the Roman world was the Natalis-Solis Invicti, the Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun, which in honor of the sun god Mithras), I do not think that we should celebrate a festival with Christ’s name on that exact day unless it was noted in scripture.
Also, I’ve had a few ladies mention our freedom, or liberty, in Christ, and how it pertains to Christmas.
Yes, we have liberty in Christ. As Christians, we have liberty if scripture is silent. Some may say that scripture is silent about say, smoking, so they can smoke. However, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Although smoking isn’t specifically mentioned in scripture, from this verse we can learn that we should not smoke. I think Christmas can be viewed in the same way. Although scripture is silent about Christmas, we can take a look at scripture regarding idol worship, and how we are to turn from it (and not rename the worship for Christ) as we seek God’s will.
If you are anything like me, and enjoy celebrating Christmas, all of this information is a little depressing! If you are feeling the Holy Spirit’s conviction, what’s next? Believe me, I have asked the same question. What is appropriate in the worship of Christ, and what isn’t? Can man decide how to worship Christ without direct teaching from scripture? Since the pagan roots of Christmas have “lost” their meaning for some time now, is there any harm in holiday celebrations if they are divorced from Christ? Next, I will be sharing some ideas I have as to how our family can celebrate Christ, and His sacrifice (which is what we are told to remember in God’s Word) during the winter season. Blessings to you and your family!