I’ve heard why people do not celebrate Christmas. I understand where they are coming from. I didn’t always. But pagan roots of things, the way most parts of Christmas aren’t focused on Christ…well, it definitely opened my eyes.
But I will say I think this is a choice individuals have to make. Being sarcastic about how other Christians celebrate Christmas in a snarky tone is not going to make anyone look “better”. I’ve seen it personally.
I’ve noticed a number of believers who do not celebrate Christmas tend to struggle with “baby Jesus.” People get adamantly upset with baby Jesus. The baby is not strong. The baby cannot do anything. We don’t worship a “baby”.
I do understand the concern. Christ should be celebrated well beyond the fact He was born. Many nativity scenes show wise men worshipping baby Jesus, and from scripture, it looks like the wise men didn’t arrive to see Jesus until He was a toddler or even a little older than that.
But at the same time, I want to caution people not to be legalistic…yes, even about this. In the sense, please do not rile yourselves up in a passionate argument. It is utterly pointless.
People are flustered because they don’t celebrate and people are flustered because they do.
There is some good regardless.
Paul talked about how even if a bad shepherd preached the Gospel, Christ is still being preached.
(NIV) Phillippians 1:17-18, “The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.”
I think and, currently, believe through this journey of giving up worldly things even if people celebrate Christmas this is a way for the Gospel to be preached! The world may want to only focus on Christ as a baby (if that), but we who know the truth should understand the importance of Christ’s birth leads to His death and resurrection.
Without His birth, without His coming, we would not be able to celebrate the latter.
There are countless times we see baby Jesus in peril. Is He strong enough to do anything about it? No. BUT GOD ALMIGHTY WAS! God provided angels. God provided another way for Mary and Joseph. God’s will was done!
THAT IS POWERFUL ALONE!
God keeps His word. He protected His Son against the world until it was time!
God will protect us too even when things look bleak and He can do that because we have intercession through Jesus Christ, and it started, not only with His birth but a promise God made long ago.
Maybe Christmas is one of the only ways people hear about Christ? The world teaches how to be “religious” and some people only show up to a church on a holiday. These people are not even on the milk yet. They don’t know the truth!
Of course, we should be an example of Christ every day and do our best to preach Christ to others regardless of the day.
But I believe God is still glorified through this.
When we aren’t fighting over what is an idol or isn’t an idol in someone’s else’s walk with Christ. We must be careful of judgment. Talk about it, yes! But don’t throw stones! Be gentle. I’ve shared how things easily can be an idol in our lives because they can. But understand we can’t force a person to make changes in their walk with Christ.
God is glorified through the truth. He is glorified through worship of Jesus.
“What is Christmas? If there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger? What is Christmas without Christ?” – Kutless – This Is Christmas
“Endless hope for endless joy started with baby boy.” – King & Country – Baby Boy
If we don’t celebrate Christmas or parts of Christmas that is absolutely fine. But we must make sure we are not becoming angry or bitter with others. Don’t let something you gave up to God become a burden!
Remember the Promise God gave us
Monthly Scripture- (NIV) Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
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