The Christmas Conundrum

With Christmas… comes emotion.
With Christmas… comes tradition.
With Christmas… comes celebration.

But what happens when Christmas falls on Sunday?
A Christmas Conundrum.

A Christmas Conundrum that comes with emotion.
A Christmas Conundrum that comes with tradition.
A Christmas Conundrum that comes with celebration.

What are churches supposed to do when Christmas falls on Sunday?
Have church.
Not have church.

One of my goals in this blog is to generate discussion.
I believe growth takes place in conversation.
Conversation centered around God’s Word is best.
But what happens in the gray areas?
Because there are gray areas.
Like worship on Sunday.
I mean… the Bible does say you must worship the Lord thy God on Sunday.
Wait… or does it?
This is where conversation comes into play.

Lifeway Research published the results of a study that I found intriguing.

91% of churches plan on having church on Christmas Sunday, 2011 while 14% of people plan to attend. 

This is a telling statistic.
A telling statement of not only the state of people… but also… the state of the church.

Willow Creek Community Church get’s blasted every year because
they cancel their service when Christmas falls on Sunday.
Church spokeswoman, Cally Parkinson told the USA Toady;

If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don’t go to church, how likely is it that they’ll be going to church on Christmas morning?

It’s not for every church.
It’s not right to cancel services on Christmas Sunday morning.
It’s not wrong to cancel services on Christmas Sunday morning either.

A friend of mine said to me the other day…
“Of all days to cancel service…. I just think it’s wrong.”
My response was this…
“Did you go to church last year on Christmas when it was on Saturday?”
His answer was, no… his church did not have service last year.
My response was then how is it wrong?
It’s not like you go to church every year on Christmas day.
You do go to church every year on Easter.
If a church were to cancel service on Easter…. that would probably be wrong.
Somewhat surprisingly… he agreed with with me.

This conundrum is one that has been discussed by many.
Just google it.
You will get numerous opinions.
However… I am yet to read one to give any Scripture.
Which is why I am glad to provide some.

Mark 7:9-15
 9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”

 14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.

Worshipping corporately on Sundays is a tradition.
It’s a tradition that most Christians practice.
It’s a widely popular tradition.
But none the less… it is a tradition.

Here is what you must see in this Scripture.
God cares about your heart.

Wether your church holds worship service on Christmas Sunday…
or Friday the 23rd…
or Christmas Eve…
or Christmas Eve AND Christmas Sunday.
WORSHIP… period.

It doesn’t matter when you worship.
As long as you worship Jesus.
After all… He is the reason we celebrate.

This Christmas do not procrastinate worship.
Worship the reason we have Christmas.
His name is Jesus.

The Christmas Conundrum

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