Should we celebrate Christmas?
The Bible does not give the exact date for the birth of Christ. And there is no command to keep the day of Christ’s birth as a sacred day. While Christmas might be a public holiday, it is not a biblical holy day.
December 25 was an ancient holiday for the birth of Tammuz the child of the sun-god. Later, December 25 was assigned by the emperor Constantine in 336 AD, as a day to remember Christ’s birth in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians.
Today, there are some people, with good conscience, do not feel right with the idea of linking Christ’s birth with a pagan holiday. And in an effort to avoid celebrating “Christmas,” they may lose the spiritual advantage of meditating on the fact that Christ was born into this world to save the lost. Such people should nonetheless set aside some time during the year to contemplate and celebrate the birth of Christ and His great sacrifice and get blessed by this memory.
And there are others who do not feel that it is wrong to remember Christ’s birth during December 25th. To such, it will be a worthy challenge to focus on the saving meaning of Christ’s birth rather than the pagan traditions associated with Christmas. And they should seize this opportunity to preach about Jesus Christ to others on the only day of the year most people won’t be offended by it.
Also, those that choose to celebrate Christmas need to share their material resources with the poor and needy instead of indulging in the selfish activities of the holiday (Matthew 25:34-40). In reaching out for the poor, Jesus said: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matthew 25:34-40).
Therefore, whether observing Christ’s birth on Christmas or on any other day of the year, let all be done for the glory of God, “He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord” (Romans 14:6) and “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
In His service,