Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

The Yuletide season is perhaps our most beloved holiday, embraced worldwide by both the devout and the secular. However, some Christians are alarmed. Some even say that it's time to declare "Bah, Humbug!"

BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

 

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“Nativity” by Guido Reni (1575-1642)

“One day I happened to catch a TV preacher denouncing the celebration of Christmas,” writes seminary professor J. Hampton Keathley. “He was saying that Christ could not have born in December. He used some Old Testament passages to show how the Christmas tree was idolatrous --  that it is a pagan holiday.”

“Is the Christmas holiday rooted in paganism?” asks the Cobblestone Road staff. “Yes.” But that’s not the end of the argument. “Christians are not pagans and the Christmas holiday for hundreds of years been associated with the Lord Jesus. So how can we find balance? The Lord never instructed us to celebrate His birth. Most likely Jesus was not even born in the month of December. The Bible does not record what date Jesus was born. Nowhere in the Bible will you find a commandment to ‘celebrate Christmas.’ The Bible says that we are to remember the Lord’s death and resurrection.”

“Holy Family” by Giovanni Cariani (1487-1547)

“But even so,” Cobblestone points out, “we believe this time of year is one of the best times afforded to the Christian to share the Good News that Jesus saves! Since this is a Christian holiday, we can lift up the name of Jesus to a lost and dying world. Jesus is the Reason for the season! The greatest opportunity to share the Gospel message is now…why Jesus came– to save His people from their sins. The message of the manger must always point people to the Cross– the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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