Bulletin Article
August 5, 2001

The Christmas Conundrum

By Doug Long

Jeremiah 10:1-5

1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2 Thus says the LORD:
"Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are futile;
For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple.
5 They are upright, like a palm tree,
And they cannot speak;
They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good."

Does this mean we should not celebrate Christmas anymore?
I got an e-mail form a person with a question about Christmas, it seems that her Father, and Stepmother donít celebrate it.
I was puzzled as to why, so I did some research, and asked some questions, and here is what I found.

God did not intend for us to celebrate the birth of Christ, if he wanted us to, he would have commanded it, and also given us the date of Christís birth. God did give us a day to come together and honor him though, I will get to that later in this article.

In ancient times the date we now celebrate as Christmas was celebrated as a pagan winter holiday to worship the sun. Christians appropriated the date mostly for convenience since a holiday was already being celebrated. Using this holiday for their purposes made conversions easier. Some of the pagan practices were adopted also. If you have ever seen a Christmas tree, this is one of them. Some people today believe that it is a sin to celebrate Christmas since it started out as a pagan sun worshiping feast.

The Bible says that we should not love the world,

1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Now that I have made a case for not celebrating Christmas, I would like to point out what the important principle is. If celebrating Christmas, or 4th of July, or Groundhog day will interfere with your relationship with God, then I urge you not to celebrate it. If your Love of God is first in your life though, I think it is ok to celebrate Christmas as a holiday to exchange gifts, and eat lots of candy, NOT as the birth of Christ. The day God gave us to come together and honor him is the first day of the week, the Lordís day.