Christmas is celebrated in most parts of the world every year in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour.
Yes, Jesus was born to save the world from sin. By all means, this ought to be the reason for the season of Christmas. But it is hardly so in some places.
Many people celebrate Christmas without having acknowledged Christ as their Saviour. To them Christmas is just a holiday. They eat. They drink. They party. They buy and sell.
They do everything else but they do not care about having a personal relationship with the Person they are celebrating His birthday.
On the other hand, some people have argued that:
- The celebration of Christmas has a heathen origin;
- It was not commanded by Jesus to be celebrated;
- It has been fully commercialised;
- Materialism takes a better hold of people during Christmas…
The above observations may be correct. But do you know that even if all Christians stopped celebrating Christmas today, Heaven will not fall?
Please don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas, I have been celebrating it since I was a child and I will continue to celebrate it for the rest of my life.
But I’m just saying that as significant as the celebration of Christmas is in Christianity, it doesn’t mean that our true essence as Christians would be lost if we stopped celebrating it.
What if Christians stopped celebrating Christmas?
- It will not change the fact that a Saviour, Jesus was born at a point in time in history;
- Celebration of Christmas is not a criteria to enter the kingdom of God;
- We can still spread the gospel of the kingdom without Christmas;
- Not celebrating it will not reduce the power of the gospel to save;
- Sinners will still be won to Christ;
- We will not be offending God by not celebrating.
I could go on and on with the list but I believe you’ve got my point already. So what do you think would happen if as Christians we should stop celebrating Christians?