One Comment on “Have a theological Christmas”  (Mennonite Herald)

  1. Richard Peachey 
    December 2, 2013 

    According to the article: “It seems Christians fall into two camps when it comes to Christmas: those who seek a synthesis of the cultural and religious celebrations (they have the kneeling Santa ornament) and those who seek to reclaim Christmas from the culture (see, for example). These camps tend to have a fairly thin line of tinsel between them, and people jump back and forth merrily.”

    There is a third camp, however. Some of us are Christians who simply ignore “Christmas” as much as possible, and occasionally attack it when it seems appropriate to do so.

    Believing fully in the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the unique God-Man does not entail that I must buy into “Christmas.” It’s a mere human invention, as the column acknowledges, not something that the New Testament requires. Indeed, Scripture strongly encourages us away from making a fuss over “days” at all (Galatians 4:8-11), and for sure we are not to allow such to be imposed on us by “anyone” (Colossians 2:16).

    There is only one ongoing memorial celebration that has been authorized by Christ, and that is the communion service celebrating his sacrificial death and looking ahead to his return. Yet this “Christmas,” a human construct unauthorized by our Saviour, takes over for at least one full month of the year, drawing all kinds of sentimental irrelevance and foolishness into the church — not even considering the commercialism and other excesses seen in the world.

    I am not an opponent of having family time, or giving needed gifts, or enjoying turkey and eggnog — at any time of year! But I do sternly oppose “infant baptism,” “indulgences,” “Christmas,” and any other sort of non-biblical humbug.

    (Some may respond that I’m just a grinch — but in my heart I feel like I’ve been emancipated after enduring a long and unnecessary oppression!)