Seasons Greetings!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the first snow flurries…

The winter season ((Yes, I realize that several of my readers may object to my use of “seasons greetings” as a politically correct cop out; I respect that, but I disagree with it. The seasons I know to be ordained by God; “Merry Christmas” and related celebrations seem to be wholly the work of man.)) is nigh upon us. May we continue to glorify God even through this coldest of seasons — this season of natural dormancy — knowing that He is alive and active, working all things daily for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

7 thoughts on “Seasons Greetings!”

  1. The concept of celebrating Christ’s birth is foreign to the Scriptures; while important, Christians are not told once to annually remember or celebrate an arbitrarily set date as the birth of Christ. I’m being very careful as of late as to what “religious” things I attend to, making sure that those I do are biblically supported.

    Easter, Christmas, Good Friday, and so on are out — the Lord’s Supper is in. (Indeed, I believe if we really get a hold of the meaning behind the Lord’s Supper, all other holidays will fade in comparison — the only reason they are so big is because of all the silly traditions attendant to them anyway.)

    I’m not trying to be cynical, and I’m not telling anyone else not to celebrate whatever festivals they desire; but I’ve no problem in stating that they’re not for me.

  2. The concept of celebrating Christ’s birth is foreign to the Scriptures.

    :) Really? So the angels that appeared before the shepherds, after announcing the birth of Christ, just sang for the sake of singing?

    Luke 2:11,13-14, “‘Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’… And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.'”

    while important, Christians are not told once to annually remember or celebrate an arbitrarily set date as the birth of Christ.

    I agree with your thoughts regarding the date of Jesus’ birth, and while I cannot say that the Bible commands us to celebrate it, I do think, in that it is practiced, we are able to practice it.

  3. Angels celebrating once at the event itself seems a bit of a far cry from an annual celebration by Christians.

    And if the angels really are our example, why is Christmas not marked by a few moments of praise in order to say “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” If we strip Christmas celebration down to what it was in the Scriptures, it is easily outshined by the celebration of His body, which was broken for us, and of His blood, which was poured out for us.

  4. As a religious thing, I’d have to say that’s true.

    But I still enjoy the things that go along with it — taking in the sight of decorated homes, snow men, gift exchanging, and so on.

    I can do all those things and still be a Christian; I’m just uncomfortable in saying that I do all of those things *because* I’m a Christian or that because I’m a Christian, I’m somehow obligated to keep December 25 holy when there’s no biblical reason to.

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