Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Blessed Christmas to You!

This week I read and heard several items which discuss various positions on whether Christians should celebrate Christmas. The Washington Post ran an article entitled Some Christians Shun Christmas on Sunday, December 23, 2007.

Other stories pointed out that Jesus was not born on December 25, but perhaps in November as discussed at BiblicalFoundations.org.

The New Life Community Church, in Stafford, Virginia, cites research which places Christ's birth in September. My Pastor, Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, mentioned July as Jesus's birth month as do other scholars. The House Christian Network Association does a good job of explaining the July estimate.

I found an interesting site called Hebrews4Christians.com that offered an estimate based on the Hebrew calendar, certain festivals and Biblical references. BibleLight.net provides a chart of the Hebrew calendar.

I must admit that I don't have a firm position on the date of Christ's birth, as I haven't read a lot of research. But I do know that the Bible does not give us the exact date of our Saviour's birth, but I have no problem with celebrating the birth of Christ. I just don't like the way the celebration has been hijacked by commercialism with attention drawn away from the birth of our Saviour.

The phrase, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season," may sound a bit corny, but it's true and I will continue to see this time as a celebration of Christ's birth, for without Him, I would be lost.

A blessed Christmas to you all.

Your Brother in Christ,

Steven Kendall