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A.W. Tozer on Christmas 02

Christmas Reformation Long Overdue

In these latter years of the twentieth century no other season of the year reveals so much religion and so little godliness as the Christmas season.
Since Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, scarcely anyone dares to come right out and say what he thinks of Christmas. To do so, we fear, would be to identify ourselves with a nasty old grouch who hated everybody; so we go along with the tinseled festivities, doing our best to preserve a misty smile on our faces and a happy, vibrant ring in our voices, no matter how we feel.

Now, Dickens to the contrary notwithstanding, I do not believe that we are compelled to choose between old Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Surely there is a middle ground where mature, love-inspired, Spirit-illuminated adults can locate themselves and make up their own minds about that most beautiful but most abused and abased holiday we call Christmas. I for one want to do just that and love everybody in the process.

I never knew an Ebenezer Scrooge. My own childhood was brightened by the annual return of Christmas. My sweet-faced mother struggled to provide a few extras for her family on Christmas morning and somehow she always succeeded. If there was no more than an orange, a popcorn ball and a cheap toy for each of us, it was yet a memorable time for all. Even the old yellow mongrel that lay on the homemade braided rug was on that happy morning treated to a handful of hard candy which he crunched loudly and solemnly to the squealing of delight of the younger children.

The children that later came to my own home could, and I am sure would, testify to the almost unbearable delight Christmas morning brought to them. Their near delirium as they tumbled out of bed and gathered around the tree to unwrap their gifts amid shouts of surprise and delight will never be forgotten by them or by their parents while life and memory endure. No, whoever else might drop in during the day, Scrooge was never there; he�d have died of apoplexy if he had come near the place.

Yet Christmas as it is celebrated today is badly in need of a radical reformation. What was at first a spontaneous expression of an innocent pleasure has been carried to inordinate excess. In one section of Chicago, for instance, the excited citizenry vie with each other each year for the biggest, gaudiest and most vulgar Christmas tree, on the porch, on the lawn, along the street; and one gigantic, flashily dressed and cold but determinedly smiling Santa Claus drives a fully lighted herd of reindeer across the yard and over the house!

How far have we come in the corruption of our tastes from the reverence of the simple shepherds, the chant of the angels and the beauty of the heavenly host! The Star of Bethlehem could not lead a wise man to Christ today; it could not be distinguished amid the millions of artificial lights hung aloft on Main Street by the Merchants Association. No angels could sing loudly enough to make themselves heard above the raucous, earsplitting rendition of �Silent Night� meant to draw customers to the neighborhood stores.

In our mad materialism we have turned beauty into ashes, prostituted every normal emotion and made merchandise of the holiest gift the world ever knew. Christ came to bring peace and we celebrate His coming by making peace impossible for six weeks of each year. Not peace but tension, fatigue and irritation rule the Christmas season.
He came to free us of debt and many respond by going deep into debt each year to buy enervating luxuries for people who do not appreciate them. He came to help the poor and we heap gifts upon those who do not need them. The simple token given out of love has been displaced by expensive presents given because we have been caught in a squeeze and don�t know how to back out of it. Not the beauty of the Lord our God is found in such a situation, but the ugliness and deformity of human sin.

Among the harmful abuses of the Christmas season in America is the substitution of Santa Claus for Christ as the chief object of popular interest, especially among the children.
The morality of Mother Goose stories and fairy tales has been questioned by serious-minded Christian parents, but my opinion is that these are relatively harmless because they are told as fiction and the child is fully aware that they are imaginary. With Santa Claus it is not so. The child is taught falsehood as sober truth and is thus grossly deceived during the most sensitive and formative period of his life.

What shall we do? Cultivate humility and frugality. Put the emphasis where the Bible puts it, on the Christ at the right hand of God, not on the babe in the manger. Return to the simplicity that is in Christ. Cleanse our churches of the unscriptural pageantry borrowed from Rome. Take the Scriptures as our guide and refuse to be pressured into conformity to paganism practiced in the name of Christ.

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15 responses

  1. Reblogged this on BritNorAmFreedom.

    December 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    • Thank you for the reblog and God bless you!

      December 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  2. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

    December 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    • Thank you for the reblog, God bless you!

      December 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  3. My article on Christmas and its true meaning FYI.

    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-True-Meaning-of-Christmas&id=397219

    December 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    • Thank you for the link, and it is an argument that has it validity, but I am not in agreement with it. Please read my thoughts here: http://thechristiangazette.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/on-celebrating-christmas/ and here: http://thechristiangazette.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/on-celebrating-christmas-2/

      December 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      • The Truth is not an argument, and I never expected your agreement. As I said, if you want to keep it, do so, but as long as you understand what you are doing whilst you’re keeping it. We all have the right to be informed. Yashua Anointed was not born on the 25th December – period. The choice to, or not to, therfore is always yours.

        December 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

        • Do you believe that we are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross? Do you think that we can ever be righteous enough to justify our redemption? Do you believe that Christ was born of a virgin? Do you believe that all days belong to the Lord? Do you believe that day’s that were used for idol worship must not be used to rejoice in the Lord? Does the Bible tell us to rejoice in the Lord and does that mean that we should do so always? Are you teaching that we should live by the law or are you teaching that we are covered with the blood That Jesus sacrificed?

          December 20, 2013 at 10:55 pm

          • I believe I am saved by His Grace and His Faith which are free underserved gifts to those The Father calls and choses i.e. brings to His Son – those predestined. This means He has made me righteous. I could never make myself righteous through obedience to The Law. Do you believe you are now righteous through Him? I do hope so. Every day is now a Sabbath Day so, for me, there is now no need to keep any days, especially a day that doesn’t represent what it purports to represent. For me, this would be a false charade. This is my view on Christmas.

            December 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

            • To believe that a day cannot be used to celebrate the coming of the Lord, means that in your mind, you have ceded that day to those that would use it for evil. I am sorry to hear that, and I have no intention of setting aside any day for evil. If it doesn’t represent anything to you, I can understand, the thing is that it does represent something to me. A hope, a promise and a rejoicing. I could do this any day of the year and do, I can also do it on this day to remind those who don’t believe that they are missing out on the hope, the promise and the rejoicing. You see by ceding the day, you are not standing fast in the whole armor of God. You are turning your back and allowing this day to go by without teaching those looking for hope that their is hope and that it entered the earth in the form of a virgin birth. The date He came is irrelevant, what is important is that He did come, that the promise was kept and that our God keeps His promises!
              R.C. Sproul said: ”That He has given us 52 holidays a year does not mean that we cannot rejoice over His grace on Monday, and Tuesday, or any day- even December 25. That others before us celebrated the same day as us, for wicked reasons cannot mean that we cannot do what we will do in eternity for godly reasons- rejoice over the coming of the Messiah. That others tell their children stories about Santa is no reason for us to not tell truth stories to our children about Jesus, and to laugh with joy as we do so.”

              December 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

            • You said: “To believe that a day cannot be used to celebrate the coming of the Lord”

              As I said in my article if HE had left us a date I would have no problem with keeping that date, e.g. Pentecost, but He did not. Christmas is in the spirit of Popery i.e. their policy of incorporating ALL pagan festivals into their satanic counterfeit church year which as it happens includes Easter – real name Ishtar btw. For that reason alone I could never be a part of a satanic Christ’s Mass. The 25th December is The Feast of Sol Invictus – the Feast of The Unconquered Sun – that is what it is and has been for thousands of years and long before Yashua Anointed was born – right back to Ancient Egypt – sun worship (winter solstice), NOT SON WORSHIP.

              December 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  4. As I said, if you are saying that a day that was and is used for evil, must be allowed to stand as a day for evil, you are ceding that day! I will set aside no day and say that there cannot be rejoicing in the Lord. May God bless you because Moloch and Baal were worshiped and sacrificed to everyday and Moloch is still sacrificed to by abortions. If we set aside those days, which are left to worship our Lord? By denying the Lord on that day, and saying it is evil, you are participating in worship of evil. Anything not given to God, is given to evil!

    December 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    • I am ceding nothing. The Kingdom of God is IN me, not without me. This world belongs to The Devil, he is the god of it, and the 25th December is just another of his celebratory days which I would not contaminate The Lord’s name with, especially as it ISN’T the day of His birth. As I said, if you want to do it, then go ahead, but I am done with it, for I am not into papering over pagan holidays with erroneous religious wall paper.

      December 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  5. You have made your choice and stated your case. If you read this blog, you should be aware that others have made similar charges and made the case that you are making. I choose to use this day and everyday to give glory to God and rejoice in the gift He gave. The Devil is indeed the ruler of this world but like Daniel when Nebuchadnezzar tried to make him bow down, I choose to worship my God and never cede anything to the Devil. God did not tell us to put on our armor in order to turn our backs and let darts be thrown at it. We only stand when we face forward and the darts hit the breastplate. We standfast in our faith and the knowledge that Satan’s time on the earth is temporary. We standfast in the knowledge that our God will be there in the end and He will come on the thunder and lightening with the sound of the shofar. God bless you!

    December 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  6. As I said, I cede nothing to anyone and especially nothing to the Devil. I am Born of God and indwelled by The Holy Spirit so ceding anything to the Devil would be an impossibility. By my non-observance I am being a witness to The Truth, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    December 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm