Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Posted on 12/13/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.

When I was a seeker
I sought both night and day,
I asked the Lord to help me,
And he showed me the way.

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.

He made me a watchman
Upon a city wall,
And if I am a Christian,
I am the least of all.

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.


JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.


ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Refrain

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Refrain


O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.


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During this time of year,
most people
in most places
of most or no religions,
celebrate Christmas.

There are a few
who insist,
for various reasons,
that we should not.

Some say it is
a pagan holiday
that was Christianized.

And there is
some validity
to that.

Probably all of you here,
and most of you listening,
hold the same
basic view of Christmas
as I do,
so there would be
no point in
trying to convince you
of MY point of view.

But just bear with me
for a few minutes,
and I will attempt
to use this discussion
to point to
a higher truth
that applies to us all.


You probably already know
that Jesus was not born
on December 25th.
Well, for some Christians,
that is cause enough
to not celebrate Christmas,
since the celebration
of Christ's birth
on a day He was not born
is a celebration
based upon falsehood.

There are long articles
on this subject alone,
discussing all the evidence
that Jesus was not born
on December 25th.

Some claim one possible day,
while some claim another.

Some say it was between
September 16th and 29th.

Well, for argument's sake,
let's pretend we found proof
that Jesus was born on
September 21st.

And let's pretend that
today is September 21st.

Would today be the day
that Jesus was born?

The answer is "no."

It happened once.

On the day Christ
was born and laid
in a manger,

perhaps they called
that day "September 21st,"
or whatever name and number
they would have used
in that time.

Months and numbers of days
are man-made things.

Before we got lost in time
and measured everything
by names and numbers,
the day
was always Today,
and the time
was always Now.

And while
names and numbers
can be useful for
collectively celebrating
the memory of
things that once happened
in the Now,
that is where it ends.

Do you see
where I'm pointing
with all this?

Celebrations can be fun,
and can help us
give attention to
things that have happened,
as well as things
that are happening now.

But if there is anything
sacred about a holiday,
it is not in the names
or numbers we assign
to the day,
but it is in the
state of our awareness
right here and right now.

One might celebrate
the gift of the infant savior,
while another might celebrate
drunkenness, gluttony,
and greed.

The day is still today,
and the time is still now.

Neither September 21st
nor December 25th
are sacred.

But the Present Moment IS,
because that is when
God is here with us,
and this is where and when
we dwell in Love with Him.

There is no other
time and place
for us to do so.


Okay.

So days and months
and years
are all in our head,
and ultimately
don't matter
even a tiny little bit.

But how about the
ORIGIN of Christmas?

In one article
on the subject,
the writer proposed
that, because
Jesus was not born
on December 25th,
but we celebrate
His birth then,
most Christians
do not worship
the real Jesus.

Well that's weird.

But anyway...

The article goes on
the say that December 25th
was the supposed birthday
of the sun god.

Therefore,
we are worshiping
the sun god
on December 25th,
not Jesus.

In reality,
December 25th
is the day that
the days start getting
longer.

Thus the poetic
mythology of
the birth of the sun.

Anyway...

Do YOU worship
the sun god
because you
celebrate Christ's birth
on the day that
pagans celebrated
the birth of longer days?


Okay.

How about the
Christmas tree,
and other
Christmas decorations.

Well,
the article states
that many of the plants
used at Christmas
as symbols of fertility.

Which supposedly
makes them bad things
to put up at Christmas.

And tree worship
at this time of year
started long before
trees were erected
and decorated
for Christmas.

So do you
worship trees?

If you do,
then stop it.
It's a really
silly thing to do.


Next, I read that
Santa was originally
a Shaman,
and satan was
his slave.

The writer points out
that if you rearrange
the word "Santa,"
it spells "Satan."

Never mind that
"Santa" is the Spanish
word for "Saint."

So in the Spanish Bible,
when in English
it talks of the Saints,
I guess it is really
talking about Satan.

Next, "Claus"
sounds like "Claws,"
so "Santa Claus"
is really
"Satan's Claws."


This article
was a very
entertaining read.


Today,
many people
embrace materialism;
at the same time,
secular retail stores
play music that
talks about Jesus' birth,
about how He came
to save the souls of men;

music that calls us
to come bow down
and adore Him;

music that says
Jesus rules the earth,
brings peace and joy,
and redeems the hearts
of men.

Whatever others do
or have done,
or how peoples
of years now gone
have viewed pine trees
or wrapped gifts
or holly, ivy, and mistletoe;

whomever or whatever
others have worshiped
or their minds
have believed;

I'm not in fear
of trees and
lights and
fat old men with beards
who laugh as they
bribe children
into behaving.

If any of these things
bother you,
don't partake.

And I guess,
if you believe
your mind's insistance
that those who
celebrate Christmas
are going to hell,
then you obviously
need to preach
against it
and warn them.

You can believe
only what you believe.

The mind will
not believe
something it does
not believe.

And it will
not disbelieve
something it does
not disbelieve.

But God is good.
And it is His
mercy and sacrifice
that saves you,
not the conclusions
your mind produces.

Trust in HIM,
in the one who
took on the form
of human flesh
2,000 years ago
so He could
pay the price
for your sins;

Trust in HIM,
not in your mind's
ability to get things
right.

Your beliefs
can't save you.

Only HE can.

And on December 25th,
when the day called
"Today" is labeled
with that name and number,

you can dwell
in the head
and take its ramblings
so seriously,

or you can
dwell with Christ
in celebration of Life,
as your Life is
born again
on this
always-sacred,
everlasting day.