The world has commercialized the birth of Jesus, and non-believers celebrate Christmas without Christ. But true followers of Jesus Christ do appreciate any opportunity to meditate upon the things of the Lord.
Let us therefore walk holy before His face in celebrating His birth, considering that He is on His way to return as the King of Kings.
1 Corinthians 10:31... Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 2:16,17... Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Is it sinful to celebrate Christmas, have a Christmas tree or give or receive gifts? Why would it be sin? Do you bow down to the tree, or pray to it? Did you steal the tree? Do you place the tree above the Lord, in your heart? Did you buy or steal the presents? Does it make any difference if you give presents any other time of the year than on Christmas day?
I also have a small decorative tree in the corner of my sun room. Mind you, it is not a spruce, but still a tree. Do I apply Jeremiah 10 for having this tree in my house all year round?
Jeremiah 10... depicts the ways of the Heathen, them that don't follow, nor love the Lord. This cutting of a tree from the forest and decorating it with silver and gold shows the effort people make in creating their gods (idols). This refers to a "carved" image, for the such we shall not bow down, as in Exodus 20:4,5.
Decorating the tree with silver and gold shows to what extent the "Heathen" go, and the expenses they are willing to make.
Jeremiah 10:9... They (trees)are the work of skillful men.
This verse shows that the unbelievers have idols made by hands and the Lord warns us NOT to follow them, and that the Lord is the true God.
There is a far deeper meaning to idols, "trees cut by hand", than referring to Christmas trees. Trees cut by hand, as in carving, must NOT be taken literally as being the Christmas tree.
You don't bow down to the Christmas tree and worship it as an idol.
What about worshiping and bowing down before the "tube", with all the gory news, adulterous and worldly programs, movies, videos.
What about idols of worldly magazines, sports, automobiles etc. Just to mention a few. These are modern idols. I dare to tell you that the previously mentioned idols are sinful, unlike having a Christmas tree.
Worldly people worship and indulge in watching television, and this is sin, allowing themselves to be contaminated by it. And even many believers do the same thing, they have adapted to this world and the things thereof.
They have listened to the subtle whispering of their own heart and follow after the lust of the flesh. The Holy Spirit is grieved and the guidance of the Lord is gone. They have started to "play" church, while their emotions run rampant.
THIS IS THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN as described in Jeremiah 10, which we must NOT follow.
1 Corinthians 10:23... All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Don't let anybody condemn you, unless you start to celebrate it as the world does, without Christ. Shouldn't followers of Christ worship the Lord, our Savior any day of the year, which also includes December 25th?
Shouldn't we worship Him for coming, dying, for His resurrection and His return? Even if the date coincides with a pagan celebration, it does not really matter, for you and your house are worshiping the
Colossians 3:17... And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
Romans 14:5, 6... One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.
I hope and pray that this article will help you to search your own heart and seek to please the Lord.
John 4:24... They that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
BE BLESSED AS YOU WORSHIP THE LORD, YOUR GOD!
God's grace and mercy were His plan
He walked this road to bless us all
and came to save us from the fall
He spread His wings for our protection
He freed us through His Death and Resurrection
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