Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas if You Want, When You Want
Fri., Dec. 23. 2005 10:22am EST
Don Venoit of Midwest Christian Outreach calls Christmas a "born again" day, a former pagan feast day reborn as a Christian holiday. How appropriate. After all, before we become believers in Christ, we are all essentially pagans, whether we call ourselves atheists or not.
When God changes us, we still occupy the same time and space as before, but we become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). In ApologetiX, we use that same argument when explaining why we feel it's O.K. to use secular music to make our Biblical parodies. Why can't December 25 be the same way?
Thankfully, the Bible allows us the liberty to celebrate or not celebrate as we see fit. Here are two of our favorite scripture verses on the matter:
"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord."
"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."