Try talking to someone old enough in the Christian community about Christmas, and you’ll know that most of them do not celebrate this joyous holiday and some may even be very dogmatic about it. Though filled with many reasons why, one is, the Bible did not clearly state Jesus’ date of birth. Another reason is, Christmas is initiated by people who were once pagans.
However true these two reasons are, this clearly starts the debate of should Christians celebrate Christmas, or not.
Recently, I saw a post on Facebook about this topic, and within the day, the post was filled with threads of comments, opinions and ideas about why Christians should celebrate this season, and of course, the opposite side didn’t even bothered to limit their inputs and arguments.
Yet we know that at the end of this, both sides just agreed to disagree, which is something not really worth our time and energy. Both party did not even conclude with reconciliation. (Pride and acclaimed wisdom is really frightening.)
Thus, we now see that the debate on should Christian participate in this tradition doesn’t really help us in our spiritual and relational living.
So the real question here is not should we celebrate Christmas, rather how we can make use of this tradition to bring the gospel to the lost.
As this season is claimed to be focused on the birth of our Savior, let’s not dwell on that alone. Let’s remember that our Lord, who is the King of all kings came down and humbled Himself to live the life we should’ve lived, died the death we should’ve died, and rose again on the third day to prove that He is the Son of God. (Rice Brook’s restatement of the Gospel; 1 Cor 15:1-4)
Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, has defeated sin and overcame death to offer us salvation that none in the human race can do.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
Hence, it doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas together with the rest of the world (with all the decorations, Christmas tree and colorful lights), or not, because choosing either of these two is not a sin that we can commit. Nor a choice of compromising or not.
This indeed is not about the religion that we identify ourselves into and its doctrine that we might firmly stand on. It’s not about how other’s beliefs disagree on ours. It’s not about the conflict of the different facts that we believe in.
It’s more of how you show love and compassion to others this season, just like how we are told to live as ambassadors of Christ (Eph 2:10) in every event (or in any holidays like the holy week and special occasions like our birthdays) and in every area in our lives. And it’s up to you if you will choose to share Jesus and His love on the cross, and how you can be a blessing in every social gathering, Christmas party, and family reunions during this season.
Let us celebrate, not the tradition perse, but the salvation that was brought to us 2000+ years ago, in the form of remembrance, with a heart fully surrendered to its Maker. The salvation that started with the very humbling birth of the Savior in the manger. The very historical birth that was promised by God even during the times of Adam and Eve (Gen 3:15).
And maybe, just in case, if every Christian will focus on that promise, share that truth, and show the true meaning of Christianity, instead of arguing of who’s right and wrong in this matter, then there will be new creations, who once was lost, that will be welcomed in the body of Christ. If only, then God will definitely be delighted in us.
Because the heart of the matter is, whatever season it is, we are ought to be the salt and light (Matt 3:13-16) wherever God leads us. And we always have that choice.