Madison Christian Church

Devotional Nov. 30th, 2015

Why do we celebrate Christmas if we don’t see it practiced in the NT?  This argument for not practicing Christmas is the same argument some use to suggest it is wrong to use instruments in worship.  But arguing from silence is (as the popular idiom suggests) a slippery slope.  Taken to its logical conclusion, it would mean having a church building is wrong; bulletins are wrong; having professional ministerial staffs are wrong; having hymnals are wrong; having communion trays are wrong; etc. etc.  Where does one stop with such thinking? This can easily lead to legalism and then to an Achilles heel for many Christians that slips in so easily in religious clothing – the sin of pride.  If the enemy cannot get to us through the sins of the flesh, he can very stealthily capture us with pride.  Pride is evidenced in thinking, “I am doing things exactly the way God wants them to be done and all others are most assuredly wrong.  Lord I thank you that I am not like other people…” (sound familiar?  I know.  It does to me too).

I have assumed if it is not forbidden, does not promote sin, and it does enhance giving God glory, it is permissible.  Christmas seems to have found widespread celebration in the fourth century.  There is no indication Biblically about the date of Christ’s birth.  Christmas began to rival Easter (which was celebrated much earlier).  As people began to use Lent to prepare for Easter, Christians began to develop a season of Advent to prepare for celebrating the birth of Christ and also as a period to look forward to His second coming.

So, if you believe observing Christmas is wrong, you should not observe it.   But be careful not to condemn those who do.  The original context of Romans 14 was dealing with Jewish dietary laws and holy days in the Mosaic code of the Old Covenant which are no longer binding on New Covenant believers – Galatians 4;10; Col. 2:16,17.  But, in my opinion,  the principle of Rom. 14:1, 19 may apply to situations like whether or not it is wrong for Christians to observe Christmas:  “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions”; “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”