Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
The argument is that Christmas was first celebrated as a pagan holiday to the sun God Rah.
Jeremiah speaks about not worshiping the fir tree by decorating it with silver and gold and falling down before it.
I imagine there might be other complaints about the day or celebration thereof but let us think in more reasonable ways.
The argument that pagans worshiped the sun on that day doesn’t hold water as the days belong to God and anyone and everyone has done evil on all the days leaving no room for a guiltless celebration on the entire calendar.
The point that Jeremiah is making is well taken and I don’t believe I have ever in my life seen someone fall down and worship a tree, any tree so it does not apply.
In the old Testament the Jewish people had their holy days and days of remembrance.
Today we remember our vets, 9/11, Pearl harbor we remember Easter (not the Greek Goddess Eastre (there are various spellings of her name) the time of the resurrection of our Lord.
Oddly enough, most don’t celebrate Good Friday or the death of Christ which without it, there would be no Salvation. However the Bible says this of it all:
Rom 14:5 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it”
I believe everything boils down to the intention of the heart.
David did some atrocious deeds and yet God declared him a man after God’s own heart. David was passionate about God.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees who as He said, washed the outside of the cup but left the inside dirty.
I do think we all need to take more interest in WHY we celebrate. If Christmas has become just a holiday to drink and eat and exchange gifts without a serious concentration on the fact that God became a man and came down to this world to deliver mankind, then perhaps we should give it up.
Have a birthday cake for Jesus. Tell some Bible stories and sing some songs. Have a time for thankful prayer and pass on the Christmas story to your children. These are the kinds of things Christians should focus on.
The eating and drinking and giving of gifts have been part of all the Jewish festivities and it has been carried on to the Christians. Just don’t leave it at that. It’s Christ’s party. Make sure you invite Him!