‘Tis the season where people moan and groan about not saying Merry Christmas at work or in stores. So let the Greetings War begin:

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Go Kwanza!
Jolly Hanukkah!

Or whatever you decide to say to not offend people. To be honest, the worst part about the “greetings war” is the Christians who try to boycott, and talk down, fellow Christians who celebrate Christmas. Do you not have anything better to do than picket Christmas? Call IHOPKC and do a prayer-a-thon, donate to the religious version of QVC aka TBN, or get some sackcloth and fast for 30 days! Do something other than stand on your soapbox and talk to me about Christmas being for pagans.

There is just one verse I want to highlight in my rant:

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
–Romans 14

Basically, I do not care if it is Satan’s birthday. If I want to celebrate God’s coming as man to take away my sins—I’ll get the streamers, the cake, the crosses, and hymnals because we are partying (for the Pietist, I left off cigars and beer)! Any day I want to praise God is okay by me.

The main objections I have heard as to why a Christian should not celebrate Christmas are: pagan origins and it’s not the actual day. My typical response is, “If you refused to use or partake in everything created or implemented by a non-believer, you would be a hermit living in a cave.”

Seriously, do you know the beliefs of the person who invented shoes, jackets, finger nail clippers, the pew, the organ, the printing press? My point is that my wearing a shirt made by a pagan does not make me a pagan, just as my worshiping God on a day that pagans use for their celebrations does not make me a pagan.

“The belief that Christmas is not the accurate day of Christ’s birth is correct.” Well, I guess that settles it—we have to use the correct day. But please inform me what that correct day is…(I’ll wait for the answer!)

There is no way to determine with a hundred percent accuracy the official date of Jesus’ birth. This results in the logical conclusion that believers who protest our celebrating just do not want us to celebrate Jesus’ birth. If they are mad that we acknowledge the wrong day, and can’t supply us with the actual date, we are stuck with quite a conundrum. I would rather give honor and praise to our Lord on the wrong day than not give it at all for some legalistic reason.

It all boils down to one issue. What is a good enough reason not to recognize and acknowledge the arrival of our Lord and Savior coming to earth? I honestly cannot think of a good enough reason. If our ancestors in the faith celebrated the foreshadowing events and rituals that pointed to Christ, why would we not celebrate the actual arrival of our Messiah?

Updated December 21, 2015

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