ApacheAngel

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Christian Music and Christmas Music: The Season of Hypocrisy

Posted by apacheangel on December 5, 2008

Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? It is the only time of year when people remember remember to visit the widows and the fatherless, give to others, and generally try to be good.

I have noticed an interesting trend among Christians around Christmas. Even those who do not hold to the “Jesus is the reason for the season” mentality have no problem listening to religious Christmas songs. Those who at any other time of the year would stop their ears at the sound of a piano mingled with The Lord’s name in song, will turn their radio up at the first bars of “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful.”

Why is this? Why does Christmas cause amnesia in Christians? The Bible is clear on the subject of instrumental music used in worship:

Eph 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; KJV

Col 3:16-17 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. KJV

Col. 3:17 says we must have Biblical authority for everything we do, and nowhere in the New Testament is instrumental music authorized in the worship of God. The only authorized instrument is the heart, which goes back to the statement Jesus made in John 4:25 about worshiping in spirit.

John 4:25 – God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. KJV

So, if in the other 11 months of the year Christians will scream out in holy indignation over mechanical instruments being used in worship to God, or even worse, the name of God being used with mechanical instruments as entertainment, why do they say nothing during the Christmas season?

Why is it that so many Christians want to celebrate Christmas as Jesus’s birthday? Like most “christian” holidays, this holiday was developed by the Catholic church to combine a pagan holiday with a “christian celebration.”

I had a friend tell me last year that he thought that celebrating Christmas as Jesus’s birthday was important (even though he conceded that Jesus was, in fact, NOT born during the time period of our month of December, but rather closer to August or September), because, he said, it is important to tell people about Jesus, and that is a way of getting them to come listen. Why is it necessary to lie to people, operate outside of Biblical authority (nowhere are we commanded or authorized to celebrate Jesus’s birth) to tell people about Jesus? Especially, as my friend added, that it would not be appropriate to discuss Jesus’s death during a time of celebration. Isn’t that the point of telling people about Jesus? To tell them that He died for their sins? What good does it do a lost sinner to say “Jesus was born in a manger, and there was a huge star, and shepherds were there, and three kings, and lots of expensive presents were given to him”? I dare say there are few sinners who would suddenly realize the error of their ways and their need to be saved after hearing a story like that.

As Christians it is our obligation to teach The Gospel. So many would rather put on a Christmas play than to toss a lifeline to a drowning sinner. So the next time you hear “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” on the radio, think. The next time you hear someone talking about their church’s Christmas pageant, think.

I would be interested to hear why some of you may listen to religious Christmas music, but won’t listen to the so-called “Christian music,” or why you think it is OK to hold Christmas pageants, or anything else I discussed. Please leave me a comment.

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2 Responses to “Christian Music and Christmas Music: The Season of Hypocrisy”

  1. emigrino83 said

    This is one big problem with Christians who still cling to the old “law” ministry. True, Christmas have a lot to do with the Catholics but we’re not Catholics. So things that are different are basically not the same. You’re friend is right, it is a very good opportunity to preach the gospel, you said it yourself. Telling the story just up until the wise men and the gifts would be completely useless. So one would ask what’s so special with this Jesus. Yes, we don’t know the exact date Christ was born but when the world is at its darkest hour and “at least” most people say they believe in Jesus, instead of expounding them more up until the ressurection of Christ, Christians would hold their head up high with pride and walk away. I have a friend who got saved on Christmas and now is a missionary here doing a great work. This topic is so bashed up that they forgot that Sunday worship also came from pagan traditions. “Oh well, we’re looking forward to our own ressurection and the early church worshipped on Sunday!” Well, apply that principle on Christmas, it’s basically the same or else the early church would be pagans as well worshipping the sun-god.

    This topic is way overdue. I hear Christians saying “doing the right thing at the wrong time is a wrong thing,” well…it’s just a statement! It’s not scripture. If people celebrate Christmas with pageants, dancing, worldly stuff…then if you have the chance to tell them, tell them. If they only knew about the birth, tell them about Christ’s death and resurrection also. One could not rise from the dead if one had not died. And one could not die if he was not born. True, there was no commandment anywhere celebrating Christ’s birth but the Bible teaches on giving thanks. If one would really widen their imagination during Christ’s birth, one would be amazed for it was the fulfillment of the prophecy that a messiah would come. What if Joseph abandoned Mary? What if they decided not to go to Bethlehem? There’s a lot of things that could hinder Christ’s birth. Even the angels were excited when Christ was born because the Saviour is born.

    Always, the middle is the right stand. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. If it glorifies God, then do it.

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