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Do we need our own Christmas?

Submitted: 12/25/2009
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Question: While I do agree with your explanation on the second half of the question, your words 'every day is Christmas for belivers' are somewhat troubling. Like I said, the apostles never spoke about celebrating Christmas, in fact the day never even existed in their day. But the word does say in Luke 16:15, 'And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.' I am willing to admit to being wrong.

Answer: What I meant when I said that everyday is Christmas for believers is that we celebrate God coming in the flesh every day. To us, remembering the birth of Christ is not confined to a particular season; it is something we acknowledge and praise God for every day (at least we should). If the world sets aside the end of December as a special time to remember the birth of Jesus, then instead of rejecting that, why not use it as an opportunity to tell people who Jesus really is. I have found that I don't get very far if the heart of my message is condemning everything others are doing. Jesus didn't come to condemn. Instead, I prefer to take what people are doing and, from there, lead them into greater truth. This was Paul's approach when he visited Athens (see Acts 17).