It seems like the “No Service on Christmas Day” thing is trendy in some areas this year. Afterall, what does the birth of Christ and worshipping Him as our Lord have to do with Christmas anyway?
The fact that Christmas Day falls on Sunday is causing some turmoil this year. Is this a sign that the apocalypse is upon us? No, but it could send a dangerously revealing message to the world about what Christianity in America is really made of. Follow me.
The idea that Christmas is a celebration of friends, family, and fun is all around us. I saw a DVD movie where the tagline said something along the lines of “celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with (movie title) as they share their love with family & friends exchanging gifts and enjoying delicious meals”.
Watch the news, sitcoms, dramas, or look at any advertising material and you will soon notice this common theme. The “true meaning of Christmas” has changed from the incarnation of God to enjoying family and friends. Certainly celebrating with family and friends is a fine thing to do. However, to replace God with a new god of our own making is not.
Celebrating God at Christmas does not exclude the enjoyment of family and friends. As a matter of fact, when God is honored in proper obedience, other aspects of this human existence can become even more enjoyable and fulfilling.
What does the shift in the real meaning of Christmas say about us as a society? Sadly, I believe it reveals who we actually are. It unmasks our piety. We are more concerned about our enjoyment is one takeaway but the more important revelation of this new emphasis on ourselves is that it reveals that we really do not care that much about God.
If we were really a Christian nation, we would pack out any service at any time in order to worship Emmanuel. Am I correct? I fear I am. How about you. Will you have time to worship this Christmas?