Churches Shutting On Christmas Day
And that brings me to one final thought about churches shutting their doors on Christmas Day. This is mostly the doing of the mega churches who consider it a family day even though Christmas is on Sunday. I cannot add much to what Ben Worthington said about this so I’ll just quote him,
Our culture does not need any encouragement to be more self-centered and narcissistic or to stay at home on Sunday. It is already that way. Christmas above all else should be a day when we come together as the body of Christ to worship and adore the Lord Jesus.
Personally, I disagree. Not with Christmas being mainly about the adoration of Christ, or with the idea that there is anything “wrong” with having a Sunday service when Christmas falls on Sunday.
What I disagree with is a religious view that is traditionally fossilized without any recognition of why something changes. There is a change that is fickle inconsistancy, and there is change that is organic and necessary… one that is in tune with the spirit of a thing.
If you are Catholic, or from that set of tenets, attending a service carries more than the Protestant would give it. ( That is all encased in the “transubstantiation” debate, which I don’t intend to address here) It is no question for a Catholic to attend services as much as possible, and Christmas and high holidays ( holy days) especially.
But does that translate to many Evangelical circumstances? I say “no”. For many, including those mega-churches cited, almost all of ones social life is filled with Church events. It gets downright difficult to carve out time for family. In this case, if you are spending lion shares of time involved in the fabric of Church life, does it offend God if you have a Sunday at home ? Should we view this as any less a time of adoration of Christ Jesus? And if so, have we deteriorated in our ideal of a life consumed with a continual adoration of Christ? Have we made ourselves into Christmas and Easter Christians… or followed along further down that pathway?
I rebuke those of my own, wellmeaning but mistaken, faith… those who want to castigate other Christians for something perfectly in tune with how they serve Christ. What does it matter, so long as they sincerely serve Him? What does it matter if some decide that they will observe their worship in a way that we are not comfortable with?
I say let us reserve our criticisms for something that is truly contrary to our faith…not that which might only seem so.
Do I love you less Brothers, and Sisters, because you think it is important to go to Church on a Sunday…or because you want to make sure that Christmas is about worship of the Lord Jesus? No, I don’t love you less, but I would ask that you rethink this view that causes you to excuse less love for some of your brethren that worship in a different manner than you are comfortable with.