My Thoughts . . .
The Christmas or Holiday Tree has been removed and is now waiting 347 more days to be resurrection again. Around Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter, several groups begin arming themselves to change very few minds. It is the yearly festival of blowing off steam to anyone that will listen. This article is either too late or too early but fits in that category. Take it with a grain of Sea salt.
One group is offended because someone says “Merry Christmas” to them. This puts them in a dilemma of whether to set that individual straight or let him remain in his ignorance. They are thankful that they understand December 25th is NOT the actual birthday of Jesus. They will neither parrot the greeting nor accept it. They want everyone to know that no Bible character celebrated Jesus’ birthday on December 25th.
Some in that belief are divided into at least two categories. There are those who not only know the truth about Jesus’ birth, but that it was never celebrated on December 25th by Joseph, Mary, the angels, the shepherds, the Eastern elite, nor God. Each December it is their duty to teach others the truth on how this practice began. Their position never wavers and is held as “the faith once delivered to the saints.” It is their right to teach what they believe.
The other category knows December 25th may not be Jesus’ birth date but are happy that people think about his birth even if they may be wrong on the month and day. Most treat the season as a Catholic/Protestant tradition. Some will not give the “Merry Christmas” greeting while others will. Those who refuse to say “Merry Christmas” will usually substitute it with “Season’s Greetings.” They see no contradiction in doing so. They don’t turn down getting off work with pay on that day. They enjoy their Christmas bonus without objections. They don’t protests the gifts given by friends and family. They go with the flow!
Since no New Testament author identifies any specific day as the birth date of Jesus, nor first century saints celebrating it individually or collectively, an alternate doctrine is produced. One is, “We celebrate Jesus’ birth 365 days of the year.” Another is, “We celebrate his birth on Sunday each week as we partake of the communion.” They never seem to understand that neither substitution is given in the Bible. They are as guilty of believing something that is not stated in the Bible as those who recognize that birth on one specific day. At least those who celebrate the 25th know it may not be the actual birth date. If that fact is known by those who make those two substitutions, why do they do something when the Bible is silent. Would all three categories not be passengers in the same boat?
Is it wrong to tell others that Jesus’ birthday is not mentioned in the Bible as being on December 25th? No. That is a true statement. In fact, during this past December a Catholic priest told a national television audience that no one knows the specific day Jesus was born on. He spoke the truth. A Methodist Church in Memphis for years displayed a sign on their lawn that Jesus’ birth was in June! Perhaps, but who knows? Does that Bible omission mean we may celebrate his birth, just not on any specific day? How would that be possible? Does that Bible omission mean we may observe his birth while partaking of communion, just don’t tell anyone? If Christians are bound to not observe Jesus’ birth on any specific day, would that not make atheists happy? If silence is our master, wouldn’t the safe course be to teach and preach that saints are not to celebrate his birth on any specific day? What specific Sunday would we be authorized to read Matthew 1:18-25 to 2:12 and Luke 2:1-20? Since Sunday would be a specific day, may we do that reading ONLY if we prefaced it with, “We are reading these scriptures about Jesus birth, but the audience must understand that this is not the specific day on which he was born”?
Romans 14 covers these different opinions.