A month ago, during our church service, and in the spirit of getting ready for Christmas, our pastor spoke to us from the pulpit as usual.

He had a cheeky smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He softly and in all seriousness said, “A lot of people have asked me if we will be having church Christmas Sunday.”

There was great pause after that.

He went on to say, and still in a rather subdued tone,
that indeed many churches in the area are actually closing their doors on the Christmas Day that falls on a Sunday.

In a near whisper, he added, leaning forward to us, “You know what? That is a legitimate question….. for our culture.”

And after another brief pause he added, “but its not a legitimate question for this church or its members.”

I suppose that was the end of his soft tones, and after that flowed out his passion and perhaps agitation for his belief that in all things, we put God first, and for crying out loud, definately on the day chosen to celebrate Christ’s birth.

Then the pastor gave an illustration in priorities from Proverbs 24:27

Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

He explained the dilema of a certain man, buying on new land and trying to decide whether to build the house and then till and plant the garden for food, or should it be the other way around. To live without the comforts of shelter for awhile and till and plant your garden, so that soon, you will have food and nourishment, and THEN build your house.

Priorities.

I think the world is watching Christians, to see what they will do in this occasion of Christmas falling on a Sunday. Perhaps THEY want to know just how lazy, self-centered and ‘giving in to the cultural changes and materialism that Christmas has become’ ARE modern day Christians.

And while Christians stomp their feet, and proclaim righteous indignation how department stores, government, and other institutions are erasing religious and secular symbols that mean so much to them this time of year, perhaps a thought or two might be worthy to examine our own selves. If the modern day churches want to close their doors on Christmas Day, they are also erasing Christmas out of the one place that claims to want the right to have it everywhere.

I like this quote from this article:
“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. Christmas should be the day above all days where we don’t stay home and open all those things we bought for ourselves INSTEAD of going to church. Christmas should be the day when we forget about ourselves for a few hours and go and honor the birthday of the great King, our Savior. ”

What do you think on this one?

Links
Churches Closed For Christmas?
Churches closed for Christmas?
Have yourself a megachurch Christmas
Some county churches closed for Christmas
No Church On Christmas
Churches closed for Christmas – Megachurches shutting down, anticipating low attendance on ‘family day’
Closed for Christmas?