Feedback on Christmas, Jesus, Lucifer and the Bible

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As I knew it would, my previous blog post “Some thoughts on Christmas, Jesus, Lucifer and the Bible” generated a great deal of feedback.

To start off with, many people said they were blessed by it because they’ve been dealing with friends or family that condemned them for celebrating Christmas and they were encouraged by what I wrote. If you were among those who were blessed by that last essay, I’m glad I could help.

However, many people responded angrily with lectures to me about how Christmas is demonic, pagan, etc. and by my refusing to join with them in condemning anyone who participates in it I’m proving that I don’t love God.

These were precisely the kind of people who the last essay was directed towards.

To them, frankly, I have nothing to say except that I’m sorry the sight of families and congregations coming together to sing songs expressing their love for Jesus and each other, eat cookies and drink egg nog every December causes you so much pain, anguish, grief and misery.

I do not believe God shares your anguish at seeing these things, but I also don’t believe anything short of a miracle will ever convince you of that. So I’m just going to ask, here and now, for anyone who is reading this right now to pray for our brothers and sisters that God will do the necessary miracle in their lives which will allow them to stop wasting so much time and destroying so many relationships on this petty nonsense which they seem to think is so desperately important.

There was, however, a third category of feedback featuring some serious and respectful engagement in the issues I raised.

The objections raised to what I said in the previous essay were, in no particular order;

Christmas is not one of the Biblically appointed Feasts of the Lord like Passover and Sukkot.

My answer to that is, well of course it isn’t. There is nothing holy or consecrated about December 25th. Hanukkah is not a Biblically appointed Feast either, but in John 10:22 we see that Jesus participated in that holiday (although it was celebrated in a vastly different way back then than it is today), and He also told His followers in Mark 2:27 that that “the Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

What that says to me is that God’s highest priority is YOU and ME!
Appointed Times are important, but ONLY because they bring us closer to God. Anything else that also brings us closer to God is can also be useful, even if it’s not specifically “appointed.”

I don’t celebrate Christmas INSTEAD OF Passover, I celebrate them both, because they serve different purposes and help me in my walk with the Lord in different ways.

Will we be celebrating Christmas in the Millennium? I kind of doubt it. We probably won’t be celebrating Israeli Independence Day or Thanksgiving in the Millennium either, but I plan on marking both and many other special days until then.

As to whether or not December 25th is the actual day on which Jesus was born into this mortal world, again, I doubt that it was. The Bible doesn’t tell us what date He was born. If it were important for us to know I’m sure the Bible would have recorded the exact date.
Honoring the gift to the world that His birth was on December 25th is no better or worse, no more or less correct, than honoring it on any other day. If you don’t want to honor it at all, don’t. But don’t tell someone else they’re sinning because they do.

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The next objection came from people who quoted Jeremiah 10: 1-3;

Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord, “Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, the work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. “They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter.”

For many in the anti-Christmas crowd, this verse slam dunks their argument that God hates Christmas, because, obviously, Christmas is a “way of the nations” which the People of God are instructed to avoid and “wood cut from a forest…decorated with silver and gold” that we’re not supposed to have in our homes obviously refers to a Christmas tree.

Brothers and sisters, please hear me.

This passage, which was written thousands of years before the first Christmas tree was ever erected, is referring to the fabrication of idols, statues and other images which people in the ancient Near East used as tangible representations of the false gods their tribal narratives said governed the weather and other things which affected their lives, but which they had no control over.

This was, at the very least, a two-part process, first fabricating the idols and then the second part which was worshipping them.

If you are reading this, the chances are you have dozens of objects in your home which were fabricated out of wood, metal, paper, plastic, etc. So you’re already guilty in regards to the first part of this process.
But are you guilty of the second part? Do you worship any of those objects? Do you regard them as tangible manifestations of invisible spirits which control various aspects of your life?

If not, than you shouldn’t worry about having these objects in your home.

Now, a Christmas tree in your living room, or a wreath hung on your front door, or a paper snow man hanging on the wall in your kids’ bedroom or even a Santa Claus sweatshirt covering your body are in roughly the same category.

No one is worshipping this stuff! No one is regarding the tree or the wreath or the egg nog or any of it as tangible expressions or manifestations of false gods.

Yes, some of these traditions are derived from practices in the ancient world which were connected to pagan idolatry. But that’s not what they’re being used for today, and if you REALY want to remove ANYTHING connected to the paganism of the ancient Greco-Roman world from your life, you’re going to have to literally move to the moon, because it’s impossible to live in the modern world and NEVER come into contact with that stuff.

A simple example is the planets in our solar system, which were named after the pantheon of ancient Roman idols, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Mercury, etc.

Are you worshipping those ancient Roman idols by having a book in your home which lists the names astronomers have given to the planets?
Of course not.

Neither do we honor or worship any ancient pagan idols when we put a Christmas tree in our living rooms.

The third and final objection someone raised is that observing Christmas puts us in the position of being disobedient to the command found in 1 Peter 1:15 that we “be holy, as God is holy”

My reply is that Christmas is a tool which can be used for a good (even holy) purpose, or it can be used for an unholy purpose.

It can bring people closer to Jesus, or it can drive them away from Him. It can be used as an occasion for people to be motivated to volunteer at a homeless shelter, or it can be an occasion for people to max out their credit cards buying junk they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

It can be an occasion to show people a loving, caring, compassionate and righteous King, or an angry, self-righteous, judgmental and legalistic tyrant.

Any occasion, whether it’s called a holiday or not, it can be an occasion to be holy or unholy conduct. It’s up to you and me to decide which it’s going to be, every single day of our lives, including Christmas Day.

Watching this short video every year around this time helps keep me from getting lost in all the nonsense. I hope it blesses you too.