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!"

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So, why shouldn’t Christians boycott the holiday? Why shouldn’t we stand holy, pure and aloof from the drunkenness and materialism and denial? “The Christmas season is a great opportunity for the Church to preach about why Jesus came to earth,” writes Cobblestone Road. “Many unsaved people who do not darken the door of a church all year long will come to church on Christmas. Hopefully, the pastor will preach a sermon on the Lord Jesus and His purpose for coming to earth to redeem His creation – sinful mankind. The purpose of any sermon is to bring honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christmas sermon should point people to their need of the Savior.”

“Should we play the part of Scrooge and say, ‘bah humbug!’?” asks Keathley. “Should we call attention to the fact that certain of our Christmas traditions such as the yule log, the decorated tree, and mistletoe each have their roots in pagan festivals? Should we assert that to celebrate Christmas is to promote paganism and materialism and thus is just not the biblical thing to do?”

Yes, says Bethel, “We don't need Christmas. Beloved brother, if you have been dishonoring our Lord and our God by participating in the pagan, heathen practice of celebrating His birthday (so-called Christmas), then I implore you to repent, stop doing it, and ask God to forgive you. Jesus is God incarnate; that is, He left heaven and came to earth (miraculously born of a virgin), but He did this to die for your sins and mine, that we might be given eternal life and saved from our sins which includes coming out of the Babylonian world system and not participating in her pagan, heathen practices! Jesus is not 2,000 years old, He is eternal, without beginning or end; He was not created, He is the Creator!”

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All of this is a bit over the top, writes Keathley. “It is said that because the birth of Christ has been commercialized and secularized the real meaning of the season been lost. For the most part this is true. Even the story about the birth of Christ is often distorted, mocked, or misrepresented. The meaning of Christmas is said to be the spirit of giving. However, the giving of the Son of God who became the babe of the cradle that He might become the man of the cross and one day reign on earth with the crown is forgotten, rejected, or ignored.

“Nativity” by Adriaen van der Werff (1659-1722)

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