I want to share with you my personal view on Christmas and why we choose to celebrate it. There are certain holidays and festivals that are observed by the entire world that cannot be redeemed for they have no spiritual components that glorify God in any way. Halloween is one such festival—it is thoroughly pagan in its rituals and practices. It embodies the spirit of death, symbolizing Satanism and the occult, therefore Christians should not participate in it in any way. There are other special days that are honoured and celebrated that also contain certain pagan symbols and practices such as Christmas and Easter which can be redeemed for the glory of God, in spite of the world’s pagan elements and interpretations.
Christmas has always been a blessed time for me even as a young child, not because of any presents, or parties but because of the genuine love of God displayed and celebrated at that time. I was raised in an ungodly home with much drinking and promiscuity. As a boy at Christmas time, I felt the presence of God in a special way in my life and I always have up until this present time. I enjoy the gift-giving, the lights, the Christmas tree, the decorations and the exchanging of gifts. It’s all part of a warm experience for me and my family and it is glorifying to God. My wife, Julie and I do not pray to or worship a tree or any other component of Christmas, pagan or not, we just enjoy the beauty of the experience, especially under the mistletoe! Christmas at out home has always been a beautiful time of honour to God because the presence of the Lord is welcomed and adored in our hearts and home. To us, Jesus is the reason for the season.
I’m not trying to make a case for Christmas—for all I care, our government could totally do away with it and even make it illegal to celebrate and it wouldn’t matter to me one bit—that’s why I don’t get caught up in the craze of “KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS” or saying “MERRY CHRISTMAS”, which I happily do! I enjoy buying special gifts for special people, but I don’t get wrapped up (no pun intended) in the commercialism spirit of the world—I’m not distracted by the secular trappings that have made their way into a holy holiday. The true Spirit of Christmas is in my heart and so I'm not concerned about what others say or do regarding the celebration of Christmas—that is totally up to them to decide based upon their own knowledge, convictions and conscience. There’s so much more that I could express regarding this, but everyone must make their own choice as they pray and ask God for guidance. I don’t condemn or judge anyone who has opposite views to me. God has never once condemned my heart for celebrating and honouring the birth of His Son, with music and decorations and gifts. As a matter of fact, I listen to Christmas music all year round! (Even while laying on the beach under a hot summer sun!) I occasionally play a Christmas CD while driving my car, with tears in my eyes because of the manifest presence of the Lord that overwhelms my heart. And so I enjoy Christmas and all of its blessings.
I leave you with these scriptures:
Colossians 2:16 “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”
Romans 14:5-6 “Some people think that a certain day is more important than other days, while others think that all days are the same. We each should firmly make up our own minds. Those who think highly of a certain day do so in honor of the Lord”
Who would not want to participate the celebration of the arrival of the Messiah, the Savior of the world? Jesus is the Light of the world who brings hope, love, joy and peace to all who receive His free gift of salvation. Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will toward men! Amen and amen.
Pastor Mike Knoll