If you don’t believe in Jesus,
should you celebrate Christmas?
I ask this question with all possible compassion and humility and I don’t know what the correct answer may be.
What is Christmas to you? A day with family? Family is good. Presents? It’s always fun to receive thoughtful gifts. But is that it? Is that what Christmas is really all about?
Our culture is increasingly filled with people who celebrate Christmas for their own reasons and with those who don’t allow Christians to celebrate it openly–even though it’s a religious holiday. If people don’t celebrate Christmas as the observed birthday of Jesus Christ, should they celebrate it at all? I don’t celebrate holidays if I don’t believe in the event/reason for which the holiday was created (i.e. Columbus Day – why is this still a thing?), so, why should Christmas be any different?
News stories regarding Christmas complaints are consistently present this time of year. One person complains about a Christmas Tree being displayed and it gets taken down so that no one is “offended.” That’s only one of far too many examples; simply Google “Christmas Outrage” and prepare to be entertained. It’s pretty amazing.
Why does it seem like the only religion about which people complain is Christianity? If someone had a dreidel or menorah on a table, would non-Jewish people complain?
Christmas IS a religious holiday. Completely. It’s about the Son of God, Jesus, coming to earth as a human baby, born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Jesus came to save us from our sins and to bring us eternal life with Him in Heaven. That’s what Christmas is all about. Even Linus from “Peanuts” knows this. It’s not about presents or anything else that the world has made it out to be; it’s about our Savior’s marvelous birth and life.
To those who want the “religious symbols” taken away from Christmas and those who are offended by the Nativity scenes and other displays, I gently ask this question: why do you even celebrate Christmas if you don’t understand/appreciate the true meaning? It would be like someone celebrating/participating in Ramadan simply because they wanted to diet and Ramadan includes fasting from sunrise to sundown. Why is it so offensive to you that a religion is publicly celebrating an important day?
Making a holiday into something that it’s not (Christmas only being about presents, Easter only being about ham and the Easter Bunny) is absurd, and I think it’s ridiculous to ignore the reason for which these holidays were established.
If “Christmas symbols” – like angels and nativity scenes, and apparently now even Christmas trees – offend you, then maybe you shouldn’t celebrate. BUT, don’t prevent someone else from celebrating the birth of their Lord and Savior.
It seems that our country has gone to the extreme to be “free from religion” and it’s to the point where the First Amendment isn’t really being respected. The Constitution of the United States of America grants all of us the freedom OF religion, and the right to practice it freely. We, as Christians, are granted the right to publicly celebrate Christmas for its true meaning.
Instead of being outraged and offended this Christmas, maybe talk to a friend or family member who celebrates the birth of Jesus and learn more about Him. Learn why His birth was so significant that we still rejoice in it in 2016. You might be surprised at what you learn.
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