Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas & Christian Liberty

Posted by Sola Sisters
"One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind." (Romans 14:5)
"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day." (Colossians 2:16)
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If at Christmas time, a Christian is going into profound debt in order to acquire things they don't need (and which will all burn up in the end anyway), or is being gluttonous with food, or is training their children in the love of the world and things of the world, that would be sinful. But not all Christians who celebrate Christmas do so in that way. There are plenty of Christians who are in awe that God was made flesh, and who celebrate Christmas with great joy, giving God and our Savior glory all along the way, thanking and praising our Lord for the blessings of special gatherings and delicious food and Christmas carols and the beauty of decorated trees and sparkly lights.

As believers, we are commanded to pray for wisdom, and we are expected to exercise God-given wisdom and make judgments on all manner of things, including the celebration (or not) of festivals and special days (Rom 14:5, Col 2:16). Let us not look with disdain upon one another, regardless of what choice we make in this area. Here's what that looks like: the one who celebrates the Lord's birth should not look with disdain or judgment on those who don't, but neither should the one who chooses not to celebrate Christmas look with disdain or superiority on the one who does. Peace.


 Additional Resources 

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? (Dr. John MacArthur, GTY)

The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters
 (Cripplegate)

God Came Near (Sola Sisters)

The Glory of Jesus (Sola Sisters)

Should We Have A Christmas Tree? (Got Questions?)

Christian Christmas Grinches (Kevin DeYoung)

Christmas is Just A Christianized Pagan Celebration? Not So Fast..... (Sola Sisters)

Exposé of Alexander Hislop's The Two Babylons (UK Apologetics)