Hey, I hope each of you have a joyous celebration for your Christmas! Oh, for those of you in other countries, I have to put that in past-tense. So for you, I hope you had a joyous celebration for your Christmas! We indeed can rejoice:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government is placed upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called The Wonderful One, The Counsellor, The God, The Mighty One, The Eternal Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
Yes, yes. I understand that what we are celebrating came from pagan practices, but it would be completely erroneous to say that our modern Christmas traditions come directly from pre-Christian paganism. You would also be equally wrong in believing that Christmas is a modern phenomenon. You see, as the early Christians spread the Gospel story, they obviously ran into people living in different areas and also, following various religious creeds.
The Christian missionaries lumped all of these people together under the umbrella term “pagan.” As a matter of fact, the term, “pagan,” comes from the Latin word meaning “field.” The Early Christians were trying to convert pagans, and it was much easier if they used terminology and followed the traditions of those they were attempting to reach.
So, quit trying to impress everyone with your insight, expertise and knowledge of the “Christianized” Holidays, and begin to find Christ in everything you do. Just remember that this is the only time of the year when every ear hears the story of Christ the Lord.
What does confuse me, though, is how a non-believer can truly sing a Christmas Carol, without truly believing any of it? That is like a non-believer singing, “Amazing Grace,” yet never having experienced how amazing the Grace that Jesus offers really is?
I just heard on the radio a non-believer, a name everyone would recognize as the last person on Earth having any knowledge of Christ, singing, “What Child Is This?” I am serious, how could this person sing:
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud [or praise and acclaim],
The babe, the son of Mary
Or how about:
And in despair, I bow’d my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song,
Of Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
Dear God, that brings tears to my eyes, but for someone whose heart had never been broken and experienced the rebirth that faith brings, how are they able to sing those words?
Then for a non-believer to sing:
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
I am not against it being sung by a non-believer, because who knows, maybe those words will truly reach their heart. At least, we can always hope so. I am just confused as to how they are able to sing those words, but also, why do they sing those songs. Is it purely for financial gain? Possibly, but still, the Name of Jesus and His message is being proclaimed!
This is why I say to you, Merry Christmas, (merry: mer·ri·ermer·ri·est; 1: giving pleasure: delightful 2: full of gaiety or high spirits: mirthful 3: marked by festivity or gaiety) to you, and I trust you will indeed have a joyous day!