Its coming round to that time. Some Christians will be making the argument that we shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas and some will not see a problem with it. So should we or shouldn’t we?
Well there is a thing called adiophora. What this is basically is things which are not strictly forbidden or permitted in scripture. For example this may be a shock to many but I have tattoos on both of my arms (no I am not trying to be like Todd Bentley). One which has a cross with the words ‘He died for us’ and on the other arm the names of my children. Was it wrong for me to have a tattoo? Well the first place to go should always be scripture. Is there anywhere which explicitly forbids me to have a tattoo or explicitly permits me to have one? The answer for both questions is no if you look at all the biblical passages IN CONTEXT (in case anyone decides to use Lev 19:28). But then again, it could have been if my motives were wrong or if I had acted against my conscience.
Romans 14 and 1 Cor 8 talks about this in more detail. In 1 Cor 8, It talks about situations where a person eats meats sacrificed to idols which is a sinful act in itself (sacrificing to idols that is). For one person it is OK to eat it but for another person it is not. What is the difference? It is the sin of the conscience. There may be many factors. For example it says that if you know that a person may have a background of sacrificing to idols, then even though you know it is OK in and of itself, for you to eat with that person could be sin if you know that that persons conscience is weak but you eat it in front of them anyway. Romans 14 talks about many other situations e.g. one person’s conscience allows them to eat meat but another persons doesn’t. One person esteems one day above another. These are areas that are not worth arguing about and we should let our conscience be our guide.
So going back to the original question. Should a person celebrate Christmas? I would say yes and no. Does the bible explicitly forbids or permits it. The answer is no but if your conscience pricks you because you feel strongly against celebrating what you believe to be a pagan festival, then it would be wrong for you to just go against your conscience and celebrate it anyway because eventually your conscience will get hardened if you continue to go against it. However there are those who just use the season to remember and celebrate the coming into this world of the one who would save us from our sins and see no problem with it whatsoever and their conscience allows it