A widely discussed question amongst Christians today is, “Should we celebrate Christmas? After all, it is a Pagan Holiday.”
We all heard the saying, “When you see Christmas lights go up, that means Thanksgiving is around the corner.” Each year it seems that that the Christmas decorations and lights are getting put up earlier and earlier. The sad part is the majority of the world has no clue what the real meaning of this season is and what we truly should be celebrating. How can Christians use Christmas as an opportunity to be lights in the darkness?
Most of the world celebrates December 25th by putting up Christmas trees and decorations and telling their kids that a fat guy in a red coat is going to visit them that night with his reindeer and give them presents. The sad thing is that the word “Christ” is in “Christmas.” For the most part, the message of Jesus Christ is shunned during this Holiday Season (which begins way before December 25th), but people will get all excited about the mention of Santa Clause, his reindeer, his elves, and the North Pole.
For most of the world, they know that the theme behind Christmas is that it is Jesus’ Birthday. Now do I believe Jesus was born on December 25th? Absolutely not. So then why does the world think His birthday is on December 25th? Well, when you study the Feasts of the Lord (which are outlined in Leviticus 23), you will notice that Satan is a copy cat and loves to mock the Lord Jesus Christ, so he has his own special Holidays that coincide with certain feasts of the Lord.
For example, the Feast of Passover or what we as Christians refer to as Resurrection Sunday. As Christians celebrate the death, burial and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ during the Passover season, most of the world celebrates it with Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies. So these Pagan practices and festivals, known as “Holidays,” coincide with God’s Holy Days, “His Appointed Times,” no coincidence there!
But what should be our response as Christians? As the world partakes in these Pagan Holidays, are we just supposed to lock ourselves in our homes and avoid everyone all together? Or can we use what the world celebrates as an opportunity for us to share the Gospel even more?
During the Passover Season, when we are with family during these times, as they are partaking in the celebration of a pagan festivity, this is a prime time for us to witness to them the most significant event in human history. The death, burial, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and share with them the Gospel that saves! (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) (Romans 10:9-10).
Now let’s get down to the big question “Should Christians Celebrate Christmas”?
We should not celebrate Christmas the way the world celebrates it. God calls us to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17) and that we are to avoid evil, and cling to that which is good (Romans 12:9). However, we can use this time to show the world what we do believe. As our family and friends hang up their decorations, set up their trees, and put up Santa Clause with his Elves all over the house, we should be using this time to put up things around our house celebrating the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, I do not believe the Lord Jesus Christ was born on December 25th.
Nonetheless, this is an opportunity while we are around family and friends to give them a clear picture. Our celebrating is not about a Pagan Holiday waiting for the fat guy in a red coat to show up, but how God changed everything close to 2000 years ago by becoming flesh in a virgin womb and was born in a Manger. This time of year is the moment to share with them the prophecies foretold hundreds of years before Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem (Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:1-2).
Isaiah 7:14 KJV – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
So this Christmas Season, let us not avoid family and friends as they celebrate the wrong things, but let us be there to share with them the Way, the Truth, and the Life… Jesus Christ! (John 14:6)
Time is shorter than many realize, Jesus is coming soon to Rapture His Church, and this is our time to shine our lights the brightest for Jesus because that is what He has called us to do (Matthew 5:14-16)! Let us show our loved ones who we represent and that what we celebrate is the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (John 1:9)
Matthew 5:14-16 KJV – “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”