Today we are going to talk about Christmas. No we will not be talking about Santa Claus, gifts, reindeers or food or most especially considering the tons of food we have in Christmas,we are going to talk about something important. We are going to answer a very important question, should Christians celebrate Christmas.
I read an article the other day in our church publication stating that Christmas is a pagan holiday and that as Christians we should not celebrate Christmas.
I totally agree with the writer that Christmas as it is celebrated right now has its roots in a pagan holiday.
If you do a little bit of research in the internet you can find that during the time of the Romans, December was the month of orgies, feasts and festivals to the gods. This is what they called as the fest of Saturnalia. Saturnalia honored the god Saturn and began on December 17. As the winter was coming, the Romans wanted to appease the gods, in order that they could survive the winter. For this reason the festivals to Saturnalia and to many other deities were held in December. When the emperor Constantine converted to “Christianity” he stopped the persecution of Christians and decided to substitute Christian equivalents for pagan gods, festivals, icons and symbols of worship.
The Bible does not provide the exact date when Christ was born. However most likely it is not December for several reasons. Comparing the Biblical text and historical records, you will most likely come to the same conclusion that in all probability Christ was not born on December. Majority of Bible scholars estimate the birth of Christ occurred sometime during the months of September or October.
With these in mind, there is no doubt that Christmas came from Pagan origins. But the key question here is should we as Christians celebrate Christmas? This is a gray area since the Bible does not explicitly say “THOU SHALT NOT CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS OR THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.” We should then go back to the Bible and see what it says with regards to gray areas.
Take note that as Christians whatever we do we should do all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) And if we should celebrate the birth of Christ it is because we want to give God the glory and thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus Christ in order to save us from the clutches of sin and hell.
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 14 verse 5 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. “
Hence, if you personally believe in your heart that you should celebrate the birth of Christ, than you should go ahead and celebrate. It does not matter if you celebrate it on September, October or even December 25. The issue there is that you are not doing it for anyone or anything else; you are doing it for the Lord. If you do not believe in celebrating the birth of Christ in December than don’t. No person should judge you. “Let every man be persuaded in his own mind” A Christian is not less of a Christian whether he celebrates the birth of Christ in December or not. The reason for such argument is answered by the Apostle Paul in verse 6 of the same Chapter.
“He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. . . “
So if you are celebrating the birth of Christ in December or on whatever date, you are doing it for the Lord, and if you are not celebrating Christmas in any other date, you are also doing it for the Lord.
The Apostle Paul writes further in verse number 10 of the same chapter: “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”
Those who celebrate the birth of Christ in December should not judge those who do not celebrate it at all. And those who do not celebrate the birth of Christ should not judge those who celebrate it in December or on whatever date they wish to celebrate it.
Should a Christian celebrate “Christmas” ?. . . whether the answer is yes or no, it does not matter for as long as you are doing it for the glory of God.