Year after year, AFTER year, Christians find a way to argue about Christmas. This year, I am over it and after this post I am done talking about it. The argument is that Christmas is pagan holiday and “true” Christians shouldn’t participate.
Christmas is a pagan holiday
For our purposes, a pagan is someone who is not a Christian and worship several gods. For example, they have a god of the sun, god of the moon, god of the trees, and etc… Christians believe in one God who rules over everything and is everything.
Christmas came about around 300 A.D (don’t quote me on this) when the Christians in Rome were tired of the pagans celebrating their gods. The early Christians didn’t want to join with the pagans as they worshipped their gods so they decided to have their own celebration to celebrate the son of God. In attempt of doing that, they picked some of the pagan practices like gift giving and ornaments and lights and such. Also, most of the pagan holidays fell around the end of December, thus the celebration in December.
Jesus born on December 25th
No one can really know the date which Jesus was born, after all the calendar we use now was not invented during Christ’s birth. But many theologians say that Jesus could have been born around the spring time, so we are looking at February, March and April. We don’t know for certain right?!
The gist of Romans 14 in one sentence is that, Christians need to allow their fellow Christians to be. Although its main focus is on food and days I think it can translate to other things Christians disagree on. It states that if someone is fully convinced that eating certain things is okay and they thank God for that food, the other person who doesn’t eat such thing has no right to judge that person because they do it to glorify God. Along the same lines, the person who eats everything shouldn’t condemn the one who believes they shouldn’t eat certain things.
Many Christians celebrate Christmas for several reasons. Some knowing that it isn’t Jesus birthday still celebrate it as such because they feel the need for celebrating the time the Savior entered the world. I’m sure those people will celebrate it March 16th if it was decided that was the right time. It’s my belief that they do not care about the date but the reason. Some may celebrate Christmas because it’s just a reason for their families to get together since we all have very busy lives. Because of Christmas people have days of work and school and just free time to be with their family, friends, or by themselves. Some people may celebrate because it is simply something to do. Whatever reasons people celebrate Christmas is their own.
Like I said above, some Christians although knowing the history of Christmas choose to celebrate it because to them, they are celebrating the son of God- it is well. Some Christians are also convicted that they shouldn’t celebrate Christmas- it is well.
Why I am done with this argument
For us Christians there are certain truths we must accept due to the fact that it is the foundation of our faith. Christmas isn’t one of those fundamental truths. It just isn’t. We do not need to argue about something that doesn’t bring us any closer to God. With arguments such as these we force people to adopt our convictions, which as a result create liars out of them. Our convictions are our own and there isn’t a need to make people feel bad about whether or not the celebrate Christmas. I think these convictions should be kept to ourselves and only shared to have a discussion not to have an argument.
So my response to any Christmas argument is “live your life however the Spirit leads you.” The Holy Spirit won’t lead you astray and everything will come from a place love, peace and righteousness. Oh and priority! Celebrating Christmas or lack of isn’t the way to salvation! Just saying!
Do you celebrate Christmas?