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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.