Scriptural Principle and Christmas

Romans 14:2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.

Let me paraphrase that, change the subject while maintaining the principle…

One person’s faith allows them to celebrate Christmas, but another, whose faith is weak, celebrates only Hanukkah.

To those who would judge those who celebrate Christmas as being weak, let me say that the Scripture says that you have it backward.

The argument against eating meat was exactly the same kind of religious garbage and Paul rejected it. You will find that in Rome, every single butcher shop was attached to a pagan temple. All of the meat available had been sacrificed to a pagan deity. Those who were weak in the faith could not eat it because it was connected to idols. Having full faith in God, the strong in the faith realized that meat is meat, is meat and that for the Christian, the connection to the idols was of none effect; it was meaningless because God saw the heart, not the meat.

I would make the same argument that the strong in the faith can celebrate Christmas because God sees the heart and the ancient connection to pagan gods is of none effect.

I would highly suggest that even if you fear the spirits of Christmas, you refrain from condemning those who have the faith to celebrate the day. Paul goes on to write:

14:5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.

If I am convinced that God sees my heart and not the pagan connection, you have no right to judge me…

14:4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand…

Nonetheless, if you do fear the pagan connection, you would want to heed the final warning of the chapter…

14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin…

That speaks of food but the principle applies fully to the celebration of Christmas…

If you can, do. If you can’t, don’t…

That is the strongest of New Testament doctrine and principle…

Think about it…

David…