Why I celebrate Christmas
Christmas is an awesome time of the year.
But I didn’t always think that way.
This post was written by Charis President and Founder, Andrew Wommack.
Even before I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, I got discontented with all the commercialism associated with Christmas. I remember as a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old teenager, I convinced my family to take all the money we would have spent on gifts for each other and to give that money to the missions program at church. That allowed our Christmas celebration to center on what was really important.
Then, when I had my miraculous encounter with the Lord on March 23, 1968, I fell in love with Him a thousand times more than I had ever experienced His love at Christmas. It was like every day was Christmas, many times over. Therefore, Christmas became just another day to me.
As I began to seek the Lord, I became aware of all the pagan practices incorporated into the Christmas season, and I became disillusioned with the whole thing.
For the first sixteen years of my married life, we didn’t have a Christmas tree or decorate for Christmas. We would have a birthday cake for Jesus and give gifts to our boys, but we made it clear that they came from the Lord, through us, and not from some fat man in a red suit.
Finally, when we moved into our present house fourteen years ago, my boys asked if we could have a Christmas tree. They said they knew the pagan origins of the custom, but they just thought it was pretty, and they wanted to look at it the way Martin Luther did — as a symbol of everlasting life. I gave in and we’ve enjoyed a Christmas tree ever since.
But as I’ve grow older, I’ve come to appreciate the positive side of Christmas much more.
In a culture that has become increasingly secular, where it is politically incorrect to even mention the name of the Lord lest we offend someone, I think it’s awesome that Christmas brings some of the greatest truths of the Gospel to light in public. Our roots as a Christian nation are showcased.
When else can you enter into stores and hear some of the greatest Christian songs ever written being played, like “Joy to the World”? That’s awesome!
You will see displays of the nativity scene in places that the only mention of the Lord at other seasons would be to take His name in vain.
People talk about loving one another as God loved us by sending His Son to the earth. We are reminded of values that are forgotten or at least diminished at other times of the year. And if it weren’t for the Christmas holidays, family relationships would be worse than they are. This is the only time many families make an attempt to get along.
In the fight against the de-Christianizing of our nation, I think the Christmas celebration is a great victory.
I take pleasure in seeing the wonderful truths of God’s love for man displayed in public and having concerts in such places as the White House where Christ is being proclaimed in song.
It’s a shame that some people only go to church at Christmas, but praise God, at least they go then. That’s an opportunity.
And Christmas opens up many opportunities to share our faith.
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