To Christmas or Not to Christmas? – I. Preface

Preface

A cultural war is raging in our country. There seems to a concerted effort on the part of the progressives and the secular humanists to remove every last vestige of our Christian heritage from public spaces and even from the public consciousness. Part of this battle has been dubbed by one author as “The War on Christmas.” This paper has nothing to do with that battle.

The subject addressed in this paper is more of an intramural debate within the family of born again believers. Family members don’t always agree on everything, and the family of God is no different. Some believers choose to celebrate our national holiday called Christmas and use it as an opportunity to preach the gospel. Other believers choose not to celebrate Christmas because of its questionable roots.

If you are reading this article in hopes that it will prove your side to be right, and expose the other side as apostates, don’t bother reading beyond the preface. You will be sadly disappointed, because that is not the purpose of this paper. This thesis of this paper is to demonstrate that BOTH sides have valid points to make and that BOTH sides can be pleasing to God, if the motives are pure. In other words, we agree with the apostle Paul:

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks” (Romans 14:5-6).


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