It’s that time of year again when the world is in a festive mood. They are all prepared to open presents that they have placed under their Christmas tree, and to have a feast. What’s wrong with that? Nothing “At All” if you are a Catholic, a Pagan, a member of a denomination, an idol worshiper or an an atheist. However, if you are a faithful Christian there is a big problem with the holiday called Christmas.
We have made Santa Claus into a god-like creature who has godly powers. Notice the song__ “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town:
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
He’s gonna find out
Who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
What is more bad than singing such songs in our festive moods, is that we are singing them to little children, lying to them, telling them that Santa Claus is real and is to be feared. Christians are to fear no one, no one but God Almighty. Santa Claus is a myth, but the real Jesus said, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Mt 10:28
The prophet Jeremiah wrote: “Hear the word which the LORD speaks unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” (Jer 10:1-5) Some will ask, “What can be wrong with making people happy and having a decorated tree in your house?” Are we so stupid that we don’t know what NO means? God said, “Learn not the way of the heathen”.
Instead of a Pagan Christmas tree, what if it was a Buddhist idol? What if we had one sitting in our house as do idol worshipers just because it is pretty to look at? Would that be wrong? Do you not know what the very first commandment of God was to Israel, and was brought over to the new testament? “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Ex 20:3) Our God is a jealous God and woe unto all those who provoke HIM to jealousy! (Ex 20:5 ff; Deut 32:16; 1 Cor 10:22)
This is not going to be a complicated lesson but a very simple one. You already know the long story of how Christmas began according to history. Many in the church has made Christmas into a religious holiday. They want to claim that Christ was born upon this day, and that we are to celebrate the birth of Christ. The facts are: Christ was not born on this day nor was his birth to be remembered. Christians are to remember the Lord’s death each first day of the week. (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 11:24-26)
If you want to take advantage of the Christmas holiday sales and get a good bargain, this is fine. If you want to have a good meal with your family and friends on Christmas day, this is fine. If you want to give gifts to anyone you choose, this is fine. In this you have not violated the law of God, though it is more commendable to give to the poor and needy saints, and to the church. (1 Cor 16:1-3 f; Gal 6:10) However, if you want to make Christmas into a religious holiday, and follow in the customs of the heathen, this is not fine. In fact, you are breaking the first commandment of God.
Christmas is not a harmless holiday just for children, but rather is connected to Paganistic rituals which are against the laws of God. If you want to teach your children correctly, teach them to give instead of taking. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) Teach them to give to those who have need instead of heaping treasures upon themselves, and those who have no need. “He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.” (Prov 22:16) Let me leave you with the words of the apostle Paul who said, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Cor 13:11) Christians, it’s time to grow up, for God truly is watching you! (Prov 15:3)