Is Christmas Something That Christians Should Celebrate?

 Now that another Christmas has come and gone, I wonder how many Christians know or care about the origin of the secular Christmas with the rotund Santa Claus riding the skies in his sleigh pulled by 8 flying reindeer (forgot about Rudolph) and a bottomless bag holding gifts for the 7 billion people on the planet - Oh, yes, he only gives gifts to those who have been nice - the naughty don't receive a gift. 

Christians have to confront this issue every December, but it has been so accepted as part of American society that few stop and consider if it is pleasing to our Lord to associate His birthday with a mystical Santa Claus with divine abilities - he knows who has been naughty and nice and somehow he is able to squeeze his large belly down chimneys (What about the houses with no chimneys - does he walk through doors or walls like Jesus did after His resurrection?).   

The truth is there is no Scripture in the Bible (Old or New Testaments) that Yeshua Jesus' birth was celebrated on December 25th or for that matter celebrated at all. More importantly there is zero evidence the early Church (the Church of the original Apostles and the post-Apostolic Church) celebrated the birth of Christ. It was not until the beginning of the 4th century A.D. that the organized Catholic Church began to celebrate December 25th as the birth of Christ and later implemented the Santa Claus myth. 

If you are open to the truth about the origin of Christmas and Santa Claus I recommend reading, "The Shocking Pagan Origin Of Christmas". 

I am now in my senior years and tend to often look back at my life to see if I have been faithful to my Lord and the Word of God. I have failed Him many times and sometimes miserably. In order to accommodate family, friends and other Christians including when I was a pastor, I would go along with things I knew were unbiblical and not pleasing to the Lord such as the pagan worship of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.   

There was one pastorate in which I did take a stand against both and would not allow anyone to dress up like Santa Claus and take part in the Sunday worship services nor would I allow Easter-egg hunts on Church property.  In addition, I stopped the Halloween rituals at the Church facilities (scare houses, etc. to frighten the kids; in this particular church they had even rented a casket from the local funeral home and used if for the Halloween festivities).  Now, this wasn't done without a price.  The Church membership wanted to run me out of town, but the Lord kept me there for going on 5 years.  I baptized over 200 who professed faith in Jesus during my tenure.  Most of the old Baptist guard at the Church left, but the new converts to Christ were some of the most faithful Christ-centered, bible believing Christians I have ever known.  The Church was spiritually strong and some great things happened that the only answer - was God. 

When I read James 1:16-18, I am reminded of how the Christian Church should celebrate the birth of Christ (by the way Jesus was more than likely born in the month of September - the 7th month Tishri on the Sacred Calendar) and not that we have to, for again there is no admonition in Scripture to celebrate the birth of Christ:

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

God is the giver or every good and perfect gift so should we not teach our children who the real giver of gifts is at Christmas time instead of teaching them a lie about a mystical fictitious man in a red suit with divine abilities. Of course the truth is we should be teaching our children the truth about Jesus and the purpose of his birth as soon as they are capable of comprehending it. What do we do though?  From the time they are born we introduce them to Santa Claus, taking them to malls so they can sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas while mommy and daddy stand by and listen making sure they get them what they asked for so the myth (lie) of Santa can be preserved, that is, if they have the financial ability.  

Did I participate in the Christmas Santa Claus when I was growing up and also taught it my child? Unfortunately, I did. There was one Christmas I put my foot down and decided we were going to celebrate the birth of Christ with all of its biblical history. That year we did not have a Christmas tree even though we exchanged gifts. It did not go well with my family because traditions are hard to break particularly one as emotional as Christmas. 

It is just so much easier to compromise with the world that stand for biblical truth yet we are going to be judged on that very issue - did we live by faith in the Word of God and hold fast to our convictions or did we give in and live according to worldly standards. 

The bible says that he who is a friend of the world is not a friend of God:

James 4:4 NIV

4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?

I doubt any of us would think taking part in a secular pagan ritual such as the Christmas Santa Claus makes us an enemy of God. We think it is just innocent fun and it won't hurt our children because they will learn the truth later on in life.  The Bible I read says God hates a lie - all lies and none are innocent to Him. The problem is most do not have a biblical mind-set. We are programmed to the world particularly where it is more convenient to go along that stand alone. 

It is my conviction that once the tribulation commences we are all going to be confronted like never before how our lives stack-up to a Holy and righteous God and how much of the world is IN US!  

I understand this article is not going to win me any friends, but I don't write anything to gain friends rather I write what I do because I love the Lord and His Word of Truth and will not compromise it for anyone or anything.