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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“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.’
“Just because the world distorts something,” writes Keathley, “that does not make it evil if we avoid the distortions and use it as God intended or in a way that does not go contrary to God’s character and holiness.”
“Here in the U.S., there is a war going on against traditional Christmas observance,” writes Ariel bar-Tzadok. Not your traditional defender of Christmas, bar-Tzadok is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi. “As a simple human being dedicated to serving God, I applaud my Christian neighbors in their pursuits of our common spiritual/moral endeavors.
“I do not have to believe in Jesus Christ, or Santa Claus, to welcome, encourage and support these beliefs in my Christian neighbors, who hold these beliefs so dear to themselves.