Every few years Christmas Day happens to fall on the Lord’s Day. Such is the case with 2011. This has caused a dilemma for some pastors and their churches. What to do? Should we cancel services so that families can spend time together? How many will show up and how many will choose to ‘opt’ out because of the holiday. Some people face the same pressure when a birthday, an anniversary, or a family reunion happens to conflict with the Lord’s Day. How are we to think? Perhaps I am simplistic, but it seems obvious to me. Christmas (for all its fun) is a day of man’s invention. There is nothing in the Bible that commands us to celebrate Christmas as a church or as families. There is nothing that commands us to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. However, we are commanded to keep one day in seven as to the Lord. We are commanded not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. We are told that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. How odd it would be to ‘honor’ Christmas Day by forsaking the worship of the One whose coming into the world we are celebrating!
December 19, 2011