A Balanced View of Christmas


Before we start, let me say that I am going to try my best to approach this subject in a way as balanced as possible and in a way that attempts to not give indication of how I feel about Christmas. That being said, I think it is important for Christians to know some reasons why others feel differently about the revered American holiday.

Admirable Reasons to Celebrate Christmas Religiously

  1. Worship in honor of the coming King – Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 2:2
    • There is a very real, very visible excitement in Scripture surrounding the coming Messiah. Many who celebrate Christmas in a religious manner are simply trying to keep the excitement alive in their hearts, which is the driving factor behind many a “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper sticker.
  2. Remembrance of the faithfulness of God – 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
    • In keeping with the excitement of the coming King, there is something to be said about celebrating the Day because of the faithfulness of God in His promises. The fact that the Infinite cared enough to make promises and keep them to the finite is something deserving of remembrance today in a world of deism and cinicism.
  3. Celebration of the humanity of Jesus – Luke 7:34, 1 John 4:2, 1 John 5:20
    • It is my personal opinion that many today fail to realize, respect and even admire the humanity of Jesus Christ. We can discuss why that is the case later, but the fact is that celebration of the humanity of Jesus is both needed to a faithful Christian life but also vital in understanding, to the best of our human abilities, the sacrifice given by Jesus.

Admirable Reasons to Celebrate Christmas Non-Religiously

  1. Celebration of the Divine Nature of the Family – Proverbs 22:6, Exodus 20:12, 1 Timothy 3:4
    • While the family is not pre-existent, it is divinely instituted. We ought to remember that the reason why we have our families is because of the love and foresight of our Lord and hold those families in the highest esteem. The church was established by God, but the family came long before the church. They should both be seen through the same eyes of love and care!
  2. Exercise of the “Giving Principle” – Acts 20:34-35
    • Paul worked with his hands to provide for “the weak”. It is my assertion that those who are in need of benevolent acts are not the only people that fit into that category. How many people can be encouraged or brought back from the edge simply because someone cared enough to think about them in the form of a gift. As ministers we all can and will attest to this!
  3. Focus Outside of the Daily Grind
    • It’s good to have something to take our minds off of the daily grind at times. Maybe this is just me but the colors, songs, and everything about Christmas gives me a shot in the arm every year.

Admirable Reasons to Not Celebrate Christmas

  1. The Apparent Ties to Paganism
    • I’m not 100% sure that the assertions about the pagan ties to Christmas have much merit, but that is not my area of expertise so we’ll leave that up to your own study at the feet of the scholars. However, even if it isn’t true, the idea is so prevailing in today’s conversation that Christians ought to take it into consideration at the very least.
  2. Misappropriation of The “Giving Principle” – Matthew 6:1-4
    • If you are using Christmas to make yourself look good on Instagram, you have a serious problem. Part of the objection to Christmas today is the consumerism that surrounds the Holiday. Many, rightfully so, have serious issues with celebrating simply because of that problem.
  3. Importance of the Peculiarity of the Church – Romans 12:2, 3 John 11
    • Many have had conversations with their friends, relatives, coworkers, etc. because they do not celebrate it religiously or at all. There is something to be said about the evangelistic doors that can be opened by a conspicuous difference between the world and the church.

Those being said, I would love to hear what you think in the comments. Keep in mind that the Scriptures really do leave this topic up to the discretion of the individual and as Christians we are called to give liberty in situations where the Lord has chosen to do so as well.

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  1. B Stapleton on December 12, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Do we follow God? Dose God follow us? If God had wanted us to remember Christ birth he would have told us to. We know Satin is behind this. let us follow God.

    • Lee Snow on December 13, 2017 at 10:06 AM

      Billy, Satan is behind what?

    • Scott Shifferd on December 14, 2017 at 3:20 PM

      God does want us to remember Christ’s birth, His incarnation, and His humanity (Phil 2:5–8; Heb 2:14–18). However, when should we do this?

      • Lee Snow on December 17, 2017 at 10:13 AM

        It’s a continual mindset, but I would argue that those who decide to make a “special day” or “holy day” of it are well within their freedom in Christ.

  2. Jerrie Barber on December 17, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Good thoughts, Lee.Here are my thoughts, “Let’s Put Christ Back into George Washington’s Birthday”: http://www.newshepherdsorientation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Lets-Put-Christ-Back-in-George-Washingons-Birthday.doc . This was my sermon this mornng.

  3. Mwizerwa Emmanuel on December 18, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    Doesn’t the scriptures teach Christians not to go beyond the teachings of Christ 2John 9?
    Doesn’t the scriptures teach us to contend for what was once and for all delivered to the Saints Jude 3?
    Doesn’t the scriptures teach us to seek authority from Christ in whatever we do Col 3:17? With those scriptures in mind, how can you still insist that Christians have a room to decide whether to observe such days??

    • Lee Snow on December 19, 2017 at 7:37 PM

      Romans 14 makes it pretty clear that it is within the Christian’s freedom to hold some days in higher esteem than others for even religious/spiritual reasons.

      But, what do you think of the verses cited under that section of the article?

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