Allen Parr: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Is celebrating Christmas a given for Christians, or should they reconsider joining the festivities of a manmade holiday?
Youtuber and Pastor Allen Parr weighs in on the hot topic by highlighting three questions Christians should ask if they are unsure if Scripture aligns with the joyful activities of the season.
Parr starts with the question: Why do people celebrate Christmas?
Even though December 25th isn’t the exact date of Jesus’ birth, the initiation of Christmas revolved around a baby boy being born of a virgin to live a perfect life so He could one day die and rise again to save the world He created.
As far back as the Old Testament in the Bible, God has set up specific days for His people to remember His faithfulness and goodness, and Christmas is no different. Parr reminds viewers it is never a sin to take part in the celebration of the day Jesus brought true Light and Hope into the World.
Second, Parr asks: How does Christmas commemorate Jesus’ birth?
In the midst of the many material ways people get into the holiday spirit, it is vital Christians do not forget the core symbols and traditions that point back to the Son of God lying in a manger, such as the star the three wisemen followed to the stable where Jesus was born and the gifts they presented to this little boy who was and is the king of the world.
Third, Parr asks viewers to ponder the final question: How should Christians celebrate Christmas?
Because Christ’s birth is foundational to what Christians believe, it is necessary to bring all the busyness of the season back to why this holy day was established in the first place.
Parr gives listeners seven ways individuals and families alike can give back to Christ as they remember His glorious entrance into this earth, including the following:
- Redeem it by giving Jesus a gift
- Reject the commercialism
- Relay the story of Jesus
- Remind children of the reason for the season
“Our generosity to others is one of the greatest gifts to God,” Parr said, and when Christians give in light of the greatest gift ever given, others experience the grace and love Jesus died for all to receive.
Whether you’re contemplating celebrating Christmas as a Christian or just want to make this season more meaningful beyond the ribbons and bows, click the video above to hear more from Pastor Parr.