Dec. 25, 2002
Taken from your emails at www.ericbarger.com.
I love your site and have used a lot of your information you have there. I have a
question. What are your opinions about Christmas? I have a few Christian
friends who do not celebrate Christmas and refers to it as a pagan holiday.
Thanks and God Bless,
I know that many more legalistic Christians will disagree with me, but I believe we
celebrate the Lord's birth. This might shock some who have read my books or heard me teach
on the occult and paganism. But just as bad as our acceptance of occultism is our legalism
in trying to avoid other things in the culture. Besides Christmas to the Christian IS
at least should be) about Christ.
I think its inconsequential when we do celebrate Christmas since it seems that the actual
date has been lost in history but in my mind only the celebration of
Christ's resurrection (commonly called Easter) is more important. The fact that
a Pope centuries ago declared December 25 the date is of no importance or significance to me
either for or against the celebration of Christmas.
In saying that however, I am not in any way advocating the commercialization of Christmas.
Nor am I advocating any of the associated pagan practices, in particular Santa Clause. I
think it is healthy at the earliest age possible to alert our kids that no one has the
supernatural abilities attached to Santa. We should also steer clear of lying to our kids
to perpetuate the idea of Santa Clause. What a double standard we present by holding them
to a "no lie" standard and then lying to them about the existence of a mythical
being who we knowingly affirm and allege is flying around to every house in the
world with gifts in one night. Yes???
I suppose Christmas Trees are perhaps the biggest problem that some of the
brethren may have with this time of year. Many would attempt to equate them to having a Buddha or an occult
altar in one's home. However, I do not know any Christians who are sitting around
worshiping a tree. A tree - any tree in itself - has no specific occult meaning and
frankly I enjoy the atmosphere and brightness that decorations of all sorts (less Santa)
bring to our homes during December. I know I will probably get email about this
inferring that I am "misinformed", "blind", "uneducated",
and "unspiritual" but as opposed as I am to liberalism, I believe that legalism
is just as deadly and certainly causes many to run from the Savior instead of to Him.
Please understand though that I have many good friends who completely disagree with me on
this point. Still, the idea of "Christmas" or "no Christmas" is
nothing for you or me to break fellowship with them over. Nor is it something I would
preach publicly due to my desire NOT to make anyone stumble who by hearing me say
something could take it out of context and build a major doctrine on it. If anyone thinks
I'm weak on this issue or would even go as far as to accuse me of heresy, then just pray
for me that God convict me. (I know it sounds far out but there are some folks that
believe if you send Christmas cards you are a heretic and not saved...wow. Since when does
sending a Christ-centered Christmas card equate spiritual blindness or denote the
impossibility that one is saved?)
With all that said, I personally go into the Christmas season knowing that it is the
number one time each year that many of the lost are open to receive any sort of witness
about Jesus into their lives. It is the ultimate time of joy for Believers but is surely a
time of sorrow for many others. Thus, the door to many hardened hearts swings open to
differing extents at this time of the year.
I suppose my bottom line is that my heart sores at the though of His coming - no matter
what day it really was in history and my heart longs for His second coming someday in the
Let's celebrate Christmas AND EASTER everyday until He returns, amen?
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