It’s that time of year again! Around this time each year I usually try to briefly explain why I don’t keep Christmas and why no followers of Christ should do so. Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka has a commentary on the Living Church of God and Tomorrow’s World website today about the same topic: “Not the reason for the season” (remember, you can subscribe to the commentaries and have them e-mailed to you every few days as soon as one is published).
For me, it’s a simple matter, and I will summarize it here very briefly.
Many people say that it does not matter if you keep Christmas or not. I say this: Keeping Christmas only matters if God’s opinion matters. If you don’t think God’s opinion matters, then you are correct and keeping Christmas doesn’t matter. If you do think God’s opinion matters, then it makes a real difference whether or not keeping Christmas matters.
That’s because the opinion of God the Father and Jesus Christ on the matter is very clear. God’s Word tells us that He doesn’t want to be worshiped in ways that come from the pagans, even if the worship is supposedly directed at Him (e.g., Deuteronomy 12:30-32, Jeremiah 10:2ff). Jesus Christ says that it is wrong to put aside and violate such commands from God in order to make room for our own traditions (e.g., Mark 7:6-13).
Therefore, if I am going to truly follow Christ as opposed to just calling myself a “Christian,” I must do as He commands and not put God’s commands aside to worship Him with a tradition that His Word forbids.
That Christmas and its symbols comes from pagan origins is agreed upon by a wide variety of authorities and is an almost universally attested fact. It can be verified in any reference worth its salt. So if I want to actually follow Christ, I cannot partake of Christmas. If I claim to follow Christ and knowingly ignore His teachings on these mattes, then I face my Savior’s criticism: “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
It does occur to me that some may actually not be aware that Christmas comes from pagan, pre-Christian origins. For those who would like to begin such an investigation into the origins of Christmas and its many “jolly” symbols for the first time, here’s a link to a brief video on the Discovery channel’s website to get you started (click on the picture):
History makes the origins of Christmas absolutely clear and incontestable. The Father and Christ make Their opinion clear and incontestable.
Consequently, whether or not you keep Christmas only matters if God’s opinion matters. Does it?
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