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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“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!”

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)

“If we use this argument as a legitimate reason for discarding the entire celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas, it would follow that we would end up having to throw out everything–even our Bibles and our wives or husbands. Why? Because Satan and man distort and ruins everything in life–the Bible, sex, marriage, the church, food–everything. Name one thing that Satan doesn’t ruin. We don’t throw things out just because the world misuses or distorts them.

“In Titus 1:15 the Apostle Paul warns against those who see evil in almost anything and condemn it. For these people, a lot of things have the appearance of evil, but purity is first of all a matter of the mind and conscience, not merely the external. ‘To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.’

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