As Christians we need to understand that Christmas is pagan in origin, Roman Catholic by tradition and extra-biblical at a minimum.  Not one passage of Scripture tells us to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  I am not saying we cannot or should not, there is just no scriptural mandate for it. 

For a number of years, I have struggled with how to be obedient to Christ when it concerns celebrating Christmas.  Then last weekend I read a convicting article written by Arthur Pink as part of a Grace Gems devotion. 

One particularly challenging passage in Pink’s article states,

 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). How solemn and searching! The Lord Jesus declared that “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36). If every “idle word” is going to be taken note of, then most assuredly will be every wasted energy, every wasted dollar, every wasted hour! Should we still be on earth when the closing days of this year arrive, let writer and reader earnestly seek grace to live and act with the judgment seat of Christ before us. HIS “well done” will be ample compensation for the sneers and taunts which we may now receive from Christless souls.” (emphasis mine)

Wow!  I had to ask myself,

  • “What am I ‘wasting’ when I spend so much time, money and energy engaging in some of these ‘Christmas’ activities? 
  • Am I truly focused on Christ? 
  • Am I turning my children’s hearts to the LORD?  
  • Why do we do these things? 

Judy pointed me to some Spurgeon for another perspective.  Here’s one of his thoughts,

“We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas. First, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be sung in Latin or in English; and secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior’s birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred. … It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord; and it was not till very long after the Western church had set the example, that the Eastern adopted it. … Probably the fact is that the “holy” days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Savior was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. Nevertheless since, the current of men’s thoughts is led this way just now, and I see no evil in the current itself, I shall launch the bark of our discourse upon that stream, and make use of the fact, which I shall neither justify nor condemn, by endeavoring to lead your thoughts in the same direction. Since it is lawful, and even laudable, to meditate upon the incarnation of the Lord upon any day in the year, it cannot be in the power of other men’s superstitions to render such a meditation improper for to-day. Regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of His dear Son.”  
(emphasis mine)

After reading a few more of Spurgeons quotes, I turned to Scripture and while I found many passages that exhort us to holiness like;

“You shall not follow a crowd to do evil…”  (Exodus 23:2)

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be  conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  (Romans 12:1-2)(emphasis mine)

I also found Scripture that grants us freedom, like;

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems everyday alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it…” (Romans 14:2)(emphasis mine)

So…where do I go from here? 

Prayer.

I do not have all the answers, but God does.  He will lead my family where we need to go with this issue. 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  (James 1:5)

Amen.

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